Mairead McGuinness appointed new European Union commissioner

Daniel Fowler
September 10, 2020

She was nominated alongside Andrew McDowell for the role by the Irish government last week.

Congratulations to [Mairéad McGuinness] on her elevation to commissioner.

"She'll do a great job", he added.

"I want to thank President von der Leyen for the trust she is placing in me".

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said Mr Markey will be a great addition to Fine Gael's team in the European Parliament.

Von der Leyen cited McGuinness's "significant political experience on European Union issues" on Tuesday.

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"Following these interviews, I have made a decision to propose to the Council and the European Parliament the appointment of Ms McGuinness to the post of Commissioner".

Markey has congratulated his Fine Gael party colleague, Mairead McGuinness, who is set to take up the Financial Services, Financial Markets and Capital Markets portfolio in the commission.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvia's former prime minister and current executive vice president of the European Commission, will take the trade portfolio, while remaining the Commission's representative for the Eurogroup, news website reported. She was an MEP and was elected the first vice-president of the European Parlimaent in January 2017 and re-elected to the post in July 2019.

"This experience is crucial in carrying forward the EU's financial sector policy agenda and ensuring it supports and strengthens the Commission's key priorities, notably the twin green and digital transition", von der Leyen said. Not only had Hogan attended a posh golf dinner with some 80 guests when maximum attendance should have been much lower, but he was also criticized for travelling in parts of Ireland where a lockdown applied - and for emerging early from a mandatory two-week quarantine.

Mairead McGuinness has been announced as Ireland's European commissioner.

He also welcomed the proposed assignment of responsibility for Financial Services to Ms McGuinness.

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