Commission muzzles trade chief Hogan over WTO conflicts of interest

Brussels has imposed a set of restrictions on its trade chief Phil Hogan in an effort to isolate EU trade policy from possible conflicts of interests emerging from his interest in the top job at the World Trade Organization.

The Commission said today that Hogan should no longer speak publicly if his appearance threatens to “distract” from official EU trade policy. Any decisions on EU trade policy will be supervised by Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis.

“In the context of that announcement of him considering a bid [for the post of director general of the WTO], the Commission decided in agreement with him to apply a certain number of measures, one of which is that he should refrain from public appearances that might distract from the subject at hand,” Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said today.

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