European Agriculture committee backs Hogan for Commissioner’s post

Phil Hogan, pictured during the three hour interview in front of the Agricultural Committee in Brussells.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture has approved the nomination of Phil Hogan as Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture has approved the nomination of Phil Hogan as Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Tullaroan, Kilkenny man served as Minister of the Environment before being put forward as Ireland’s representative on the EU commission, and for the post as Agriculture Commissioner which has an annual budget of €50bn.

He sat through a three hour interview from 8am this morning before it was announced that his name will now go forward as part of the full team of Commissioners, who face a vote from the European Parliament later this month.

If the new Commission is approved, he will take office on November 1, and resign his seat as a TD.