European Commission appoints Michel Barnier as Chief Brexit Negotiator

Posted on:28 Jul 2016 18:10:45

European Commission appoints Michel Barnier as Chief Brexit Negotiator
28 July 2016 Current Affairs GK: The European Union’s executive has appointed Michel Barnier, former French Financial Services Commissioner  on 27 July 2016, as its Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc.

Barnier will be a prominent figure in the negotiations over Britain’s exit from the union.

In June 2016, Didier Seeuws, a Belgian diplomat, was appointed as head of a Brexit task force by the European Council.

Michel Barnier : Michel Barnier is a French Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) politician and Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP).He was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the French government on 18 June 2007. He stepped down from the position on 7 June 2009 after his election as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).In February 2010, he was confirmed as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services.

As European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, he handled many important issues, such as the reform of the financial sector, the banking union and the digital single market.

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