Economic Affairs

Phil Hogan: The EU's next trade czar

From fixing the WTO to trade ties with the US and negotiations over Brexit, Phil Hogan has his work cut out when he takes over as EU Trade Commissioner in December

Fix the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Repair relations with the United States. Build a fair trading relationship with China. Work towards a trade agreement with Asean as well as the African continent. Deal with Brexit, if it happens, and then negotiate a post-Brexit deal with the United Kingdom. Ensure that the demanding provisions of the 43 trade agreements that the world's largest trading bloc, the European Union, has in place are actually enforced.

That's a partial to-do list, as of now, for the EU's next trade czar Phil Hogan, who takes up his post as Trade Commissioner on Dec 1.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2019, with the headline 'The EU's next trade czar'. Print Edition | Subscribe