Commissionerships are still a valued commodity, as the debate over the nomination of Phil Hogan  confirms, not least due to the  salary and benefits. With commissioners commanding a monthly salary of €20,800 – rising to €23,100 for vice-presidents – plus pension, residence allowances and transitional payments.

Following the fractious battle over the nomination of José Manuel Barroso’s successor as European Commission president, EU leaders met in Brussels yes(...)

Michael Donnelly: consultancy capacity

Merrion Pharmaceuticals non-executive director Michael Donnelly will not seek re-election at the company’s AGM this week.Mr Donnelly, who co-founded M(...)

The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

EU economics and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn: praised  “strength and stamina” of the Irish people but said challenges remained for the Irish economy.  Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

The fight against aggressive tax planning by multinationals will be one of the “key issues” for the European Parliament over the next five years, E(...)

EU Commissioner Olli Rehn is expected to assume a senior role in the European Parliament when he takes his seat next month.

EU Commissioner Olli Rehn has said that tackling the issue of aggressive tax planning by multinationals will be one of the “key issues” for the Eur(...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s objection to the European People’s Party (EPP) candidate, Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured), had been expected. Photograph: Reuters

As governments from London to Paris conti- nue to reflect on the success of anti-establishment parties in the European elections, attention has turned(...)

EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fühle (left) attends a news conference with Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama in Tirana on Wednesday. The European Commission recommended Albania be granted candidate status to the European Union. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

The European Commission moved forward with integration plans yesterday, giving the green light to Albania to commence EU accession talks and permittin(...)

Economic commissioner Olli Rehn: “Many reforms initiated under the programme were of a long-term and structural nature, and it was in fact never expected that the process would stop due to the completion of the programme.” Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Ireland has come under renewed pressure from the EU to maintain the tight budgetary consolidation imposed during its bailout. The warning came as t(...)

Number one: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates with supporters after his election to the European Parliament. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Protesters lined up at a European election ballot box, one roaring into it through a megaphone, another raising a fist, a third waving a placard with (...)

EU commissioner  Olli Rehn: Obliged to take “electoral leave”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

As Portugal followed Ireland and Spain, and became the third country to hail the successful completion of its bailout programme, one familiar figure o(...)