European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Monday he’s declining to enter the race to be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization.
“I have decided that I will not be putting my name forward for the position,” Hogan said in a statement. “I will return to my duties of Trade Commissioner with immediate effect.”
Hogan had the backing from the Irish government to run for the post as recently as last week, but he ultimately decided to stay on as EU trade chief to help navigate a critical moment for the 27-nation bloc’s trade agenda.
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