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Von der Leyen agradece a Phil Hogan o seu traballo incansable como comisario de comercio de Europa




Yesterday evening (26 August), European Commission for Trade Phil Hogan tendered his resignation following several days of speculation. Hogan had breached Ireland’s COVID-19 regulations and appeared to change his record of events in Ireland. Hogan wrote that events in Ireland had become a distraction and could undermine important work in the weeks to come. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, issued her response swiftly thanking Hogan for his tireless work as Trade Commissioner and for his successful term as Commissioner in charge of Agriculture in the previous Commission, under Juncker. She described him as a valuable and respected member of the College of Commissioners. In a further statement this morning, von der Leyen said she was very grateful to Phil Hogan for his tireless and successful work as a commissioner and as a member of the college. She said that she said that members of the college had to be particularly vigilant about compliance with applicable national or regional rules or recommendations on COVID. It is now up to the Irish government to present suitable candidates for commissioner of Irish nationality. Von der Leyen said: “As in the past, I will invite the Irish government to propose a woman and a man. Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis will assume as interim responsibilities for Trade matters. And at a later stage, I will decide on the final allocation of portfolios in the College of Commissioners.” “I reiterate my heartfelt apology to the Irish people for the mistakes I made during my visit” Hogan said he deeply regretted his trip to Ireland and the “concern, unease and upset” his actions had caused. He wrote that he believed that he had complied with all public health guidelines adding: “The Irish people have made incredible efforts to contain the coronavirus, and the European Commission will continue to support you, and all EU Member States, in defeating this terrible pandemic.” Hogan stated that it had been the honour of his life to serve as European Commissioner and described the European Union as “our shared continent’s crowning achievement: a force for peace and prosperity the likes of which the world has never seen. I also believe that Ireland’s destiny is deeply European, and that our small, proud, open nation will continue to play an inspiring and proactive role at the heart of the EU.”

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