Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

New EU chief names team for climate and global challenges

New EU chief names team for climate and global challenges

"There are a lot of people in the United Kingdom who have not come to terms (with the fact) that if there is a crash-out from the European Union, we still have to deal with the same issues", he said.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš pointed out that it was the first time the country had ever received a European Commission deputy president's post. League leader Matteo Salvini, meanwhile, blasted Premier Giuseppe Conte's decision to propose Gentiloni as Italy's nominee for the new European Commission. But the European Union team, led by Cecilia Malmstrom, insists the ball is the USA court.

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

"We will take bold action against climate change, build our partnership with the United States, define our relations with a more self-assertive China and be a reliable neighbour, for example to Africa", she said.

To do so, Timmermans will have to work hand-in-hand with the youngest of the commissioners, Lithuanian Virginijus Sinkevičius who is in charge of the "environment and oceans" portfolio - as well as with the commissioner for agriculture (Janusz Wojciechowski), health (Rovana Plumb), transport (Rovana Plumb), energy (Elisa Ferreira) or cohesion policies (Elisa Ferreira).

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That came as a faltering global economy and a boom in United States shale oil threatened to create a global glut in supply. But I guess desperate times call for desperate measures. "Do we have a recession today? No".

The role of the trade portfolio carries significant clout and is one of the EU's most sought-after positions within the Commission - the EU's policy-making body.

In a tweet after the announcement, Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said: "Phil Hogan's appointment as EU Trade Commissioner is a very positive development for Ireland".

Through the IFA's Brussels office, we will work with Commissioner Hogan and his officials to safeguard Irish farmers from the threat that a "crash out" at the end of October would pose.

Von der Leyen named Goulard on Tuesday along with 26 other commissioners - one from each member state - to her new team which will take office on November 1.

And problems to confront within the European bloc include slowing growth, members such as Poland and Hungary spurning EU principles of solidarity and rule of law, and the populist current that is sustaining far-right politicians.

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