26 Sep 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 26 SEPTEMBERBrussels Daily
Next round of EU-US trade talks to take place next week in New York
The 15th round of EU-US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement will take place in New York City, from 3 to 7 October. The aim of this round is to make as much progress as possible in all areas of the talks, in particular in the regulatory cooperation and rules areas. Both EU and US chief negotiators will take a break from the talks to brief civil society, including NGOs and trade unions as well as business and consumer organisations, on the progress of negotiations. The event will take place on Wednesday, 5 October. In line with the Commission’s transparency policy, a detailed progress report will be issued in all EU official languages after the round. A closing conference call by the EU and US chief negotiators will take place on Friday 7 October.
European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in Ireland
Mr Gerard Kiely has been appointed as the new Head of the Commission Representation in Dublin. Mr Gerard Kiely will take up office as the new Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Ireland on 1 October 2016. He joined the European civil service in 1989, specialising in International Relations on Agriculture. In the Commission, Mr Kiely started as an official dealing with the international affairs of Agriculture. In 1991, he became Spokesperson for the Agriculture Commissioners Mr Ray Mac Sharry, Mr René Steichen and Mr Franz Fischler, staying in this post until 1999. He has then served, from 2000 to 2003, as Head of the Agriculture, Food Safety, Consumer Affairs and Fisheries Section of the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C. More recently, Mr Kiely occupied a series of managerial posts in the Directorate General for Agriculture, including over the last six years as Head of the Unit for Pre-Accession Assistance. The Commission has its Representations in all 28 EU Member States as well as Regional Offices in Barcelona, Belfast, Bonn, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Marseille, Milan, Munich and Wrocław. The Representations report to the Commission’s headquarters on significant developments in the Member States. A complete press release for Mr Gerard Kiely is available online.
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