Lord Hill set to become UK's new EU Commissioner

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Lord Hill set to become UK's new EU Commissioner

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:34 pm

Lord Hill set to become UK's new EU Commissioner
Education Minister Lord Hill

Who'll be UK's next EU Commissioner?
David Cameron has nominated Lord Hill, the ex-leader of the House of Lords, to be the UK's next European Commissioner.

Lord Hill of Oareford is a former education minister with a relatively low profile outside Westminster.

A number of former senior ministers were tipped for the role, including Andrew Lansley and Lord Howard.

New European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is to name his top team in the coming weeks, awarding different job portfolios to different countries.

Lord Hill is a former public relations executive who worked for John Major during the 1990s, including as political secretary during the negotiations on the Maastricht Treaty.

The nomination comes at a key time, with Mr Cameron seeking to renegotiate the UK's membership of the EU if he wins the next election and hold a referendum on the issue in 2017.

The peer's nomination will be presented by the prime minister to the European Council at a summit of the EU's 28 national leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.

If approved by the European Parliament, Lord Hill will serve a five-year term until 2019.

The appointment was seen as an important indication of the prime minister's strategy in Europe, with Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party urging him to pick someone who would take a tough line in negotiations.

In a press conference in Brussels, Mr Juncker said: "We have to take into account that the UK government will propose a list of competencies located in Brussels in order to repatriate them, to bring them back to the British Parliament, and other governments have ideas of the same kind.

"This will be a matter for negotiation. I will negotiate with David Cameron and with others and we will make a fair deal with Britain."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28310707

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