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Phil Hogan: the new European Commissioner
for Agriculture, an opportunity for Europe?

September 22, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission has finally selected his “winning team” and has named 27 new members and, a new development: the Commission will have seven vice presidents who will have power of veto and coordination over the activities of several commissioners, with Dutchman, Frans Timmermans as Senior Vice President.

The hearings for the new Commissioners will be held from 29th September to 2nd October, and then on 6th and 7th October before a vote to approve the entire board on 22nd October in Strasbourg. So nothing is set in stone yet and certain appointments are already causing controversy.

The Irishman Phil Hogan was chosen by the chief executive to become the next European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development if his application is approved by the European Parliament. He succeeds the Romanian Dacian Ciolos.

The former Minister of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Phil Hogan is a member of the Fine Gael party and describes himself as “progressive-centre”, but is generally placed centre-right by political analysts. He is affiliated to the European People's Party, but is an ally of the centre-left movements. In his fifties, Hogan is reputed to be a hardliner. However, his reputation is far from unanimous among his fellow citizens. Indeed, he became particularly unpopular by adopting particularly controversial measures with exorbitant taxes on property and water...

European agriculture could well be his salvation. In his mission statement, Jean-Claude Juncker urged him to focus on jobs and the CAP. On this latter issue, the President of the Commission calls for the new Commissioner to focus on the principle of subsidiarity as well as the flexibility and simplification of CAP instruments, and the revision of the 2014-2010 financial framework in 2016.

Though unpopular in Ireland, his appointment was welcomed by the Irish agricultural sector. According to the IFA (Irish Farmers Association), this appointment will have a positive impact for Irish and European agriculture as a whole. The importance of agriculture to the Irish economy suggests that the new commissioner will have to deal with the demands of Irish farmers, and there are many.

In his review, Dacian Ciolos, Phil Hogan’s predecessor announced that “the reformed CAP will continue to support European agriculture to be competitive and will be based on farmers' decisions rather than on bureaucratic choices - the end of milk and sugar quotas is a good example - while offering other tools to help farmers cope with volatility and market crises”. Will Phil Hogan be able to continue to maintain this governing principle? It is too early to say, but already the new Commissioner is expected to deal with complex issues such as the Transatlantic Partnership, the Russian embargo and the post milk quota system.

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