EC President-elect Von der Leyen announces portfolios for next European Commission

Croatia's Dubravka Suica to take democracy and demography portfolio in new EC

Croatia's Dubravka Suica to take democracy and demography portfolio in new EC

This is the first time Ireland has been given the significant trade portfolio at the Commission, which is increasingly important now with many free trade agreements on the horizon and can be of enormous benefit to Ireland, especially in a post-Brexit scenario when we need to diversify and grow new markets.

The president-elect of the next European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has named the members of her commission.

Newly appointed EC Chair thanked her predecessor Jean-Claude Juncker.

On Monday, a source close to the Commission selection process acknowledged to AFP that von der Leyen has "some problems to work out" in configuring her team.

Ms Von der Leyen will give details on the jobs allocated tomorrow, but the Irish Times reports that Mr Hogan has been allocated the top European Union trade job in a draft list of proposed appointments circulated in Brussels.

To spur growth in the European Union, von der Leyen has vowed to ease the fiscal rectitude that has notably been the hallmark of her home country of Germany.

She managed to achieve the gender balance she was striving for.

Once the United Kingdom leaves the bloc - Brexit is now scheduled to happen on or before October 31 - it would face the long and arduous task of drawing up new trade relations with its European partners.

Holding the influential competition portfolio for the past five years, Vestager has fought monopolies and imposed hefty fines on tech giants Apple and Alphabet unit Google.

With Britain, Europe's other main military power apart from France, set to leave the EU, Germany has backed the French-led effort to identify weak spots in European armies with the goal of filling those gaps together as a bloc.

They include former Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni and outgoing Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

However, Gentiloni will have to agree budget decisions with former Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, who has a reputation as a tough enforcer of fiscal discipline and will be in charge overall of the Commission's economic affairs. The new European Commission will have 13 women and 14 men.

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