Quote in online Politico Pro (United States) article, ‘Meet Malmström, the EU’s next top trade negotiator’ by Adam Behsudi on the nomination of a new EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström:
The fact that Juncker has selected someone who is recognized by both sides as a consensus builder is an obvious signal that he plans to put a lot of political energy into the transatlantic trade deal, said David O’Leary, senior advisor with the international political consultancy Burson Marsteller and leader of the firm’s Europe Decides initiative.
“She’s smart, I don’t think she’ll have problems getting involved in the details of the dossier,” he said.
O’Leary said it’s unlikely the trade commissioner would lose any ability to make independent policy decisions under this arrangement. Mogherini is less likely to meddle in Malmström’s affairs compared to other team arrangements because the Italian will have a major portfolio of her own to handle. Also, trade is one of the “fixed points” in the commission and has a well-established and independent bureaucratic corps compared to other portfolios that have evolving responsibilities that may need more guidance from senior commissioners, he said.
“She won’t be fazed by this job,” said O’Leary.