Had His Phil


Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has confirmed his candidacy to be the next head of the World Trade Organisation.

And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint…

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ:

Speaking in Brussels Mr Hogan said: “I’m exploring the option of being a candidate for the director general of the WTO [World Trade Organisation]

“I think there’s an important amount of work to be done to reform the organisation, to make it more effective and efficient, but also to deal with many of the important trade issues that are bedevilling the international community now arising from Covid-19,” he said.

Phil Hogan confirms candidacy to be next head of WTO (RTE)


The European Commission has been urged not to soften its stance on EU rules that would outlaw the export of cyber surveillance tools to despotic regimes worldwide, amid ongoing negotiations between the European Council and Parliament on the new measures.

A coalition of EU human rights organisations have penned a letter to European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan, imploring him not to backtrack on the Commission’s original position on the regulation on dual-use goods, which aims to clamp down on exports that can be used in the surveillance of citizens in countries with less than democratic regimes.

Commission urged not to backtrack on EU spyware rules (Euractiv.com)

Pic via Politik

22 thoughts on “Had His Phil

  1. Baz

    Hogan is a blow hard bull excrement-er

    clearly tact and negotiating skills not required if waterboy gets the gig

    1. M

      This guy is no Peter Sutherland.

      It’s like a metaphor for falling standards over a quarter of a century..

  2. Ringsend Incinerator

    A smartphone external screen, external keyboard, IBM Thinkpad, video call… soooo happening. So digital transformation. eGovernment…

    Yet Hogan’s desk is strewn with paper, pencil, files, ye olde phone…

    And what is he listening to the audio on – a hearing aid or something?

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Not forgetting that Noonan excluded loans up to €10m in the investigation into NAMA. Handy for the boys.

  3. bisted

    …it’s the tyrannical regimes that already have the surveillance tools…ask Angela Merkal who tapped her phone…

  4. scottser

    i think it’s pretty cool that the tans would have to deal with the phildogg when they leave without a deal in 6 months time.

  5. jamesjoist

    I love your comment below the caption . Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life ” the mint was the final thing served to the glutton before he explodedly burst from over eating . You are a deep one, Bodger

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