EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan issued a detailed defense of his recent trip to Ireland after facing calls to resign over possibly breaching the country’s coronavirus restrictions.
Hogan submitted a report and timeline to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who had requested more details from the Irishman about his conduct in the past month.
The commissioner wrote in the 1,400-word statement, adding that he abided by Irish requirements “at all times.”
Hogan also defended entering the county of Kildare despite a local lockdown in place. He said one trip back into Kildare to collect documents on EU-U.S. trade talks, and another trip to pick up his passport, both fell under the Irish law’s definition of having a “reasonable excuse” to enter the region.