Sir Julian King, Britain’s new man in Brussels, is set to be appointed as the EU’s new “security commissioner” as the bloc scrambles to find a role for its first ever departing member state.
Sir Julian, who was appointed after the UK’s previous commissioner Jonathan Hill resigned from his post after the referendum, is set to become the “Commissioner for the Security Union” – a newly created portfolio – on the recommendation of president Jean-Claude Juncker.
The appointment will need to be ratified by the EU’s 27 member states and receive the approval of the European Parliament. Mr Juncker informed UK prime minister Theresa May of his decision on Monday having “interviewed” Sir Julian for the role on July 11.
A former UK ambassador to France, Sir Julian’s portfolio will see him assume responsibility for counter-terrorism and fighting radicalisation. He will also work to take “charge of Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights”, said the European Commission.
“As this is a new portfolio that complements existing portfolios, the responsibilities of the other Commissioners remain untouched”, said the EU.
The portfolio for the UK’s new commissioner comes after Lord Hill held the vital financial services role which has now been taken up by the Commission’s Latvian vice president Valdis Dombrovskis.
In a statement, the Commission added:
President Juncker has today announced his intention to allocate the Security Union portfolio to Sir Julian King.
The Commissioner for the Security Union will support the implementation of the European Agenda on Security that the European Commission adopted on 28 April 2015. He will contribute to delivering an operational and effective Security Union, as the Commission announced in its Communication of 20 April 2016 on delivering on the European Agenda on Security.
A Mission Letter sent today by President Juncker to Sir Julian King details his main tasks and responsibilities as Commissioner in charge of the Security Union.
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