Relations with the UK: Vice-President Šefčovič appointed as EU representative and Co-Chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee
Today, President Ursula von der Leyen has appointed Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, as the EU’s representative and Co-Chair of the Joint Committee established by the Withdrawal Agreement (Article 164). The Joint Committee is made up of representatives from both the EU and the UK and is responsible for overseeing the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement. One of its many tasks include setting out a mechanism to resolve possible disputes over the interpretation of the Agreement. If such a scenario were to occur, the EU and the UK can refer each other to this Committee. Vice-President Šefčovič will naturally work in close coordination with Michel Barnier and the Task Force on Relations with the United Kingdom. Vice-President Šefčovič said: “The role of the Joint Committee must now focus on implementing the commitments enshrined in the Withdrawal Agreement and we will work closely with the UK to make sure this is effectively taking place. We will of course work hand-in-hand with Michel Barnier and his team.” Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator, said: “I am looking forward to working with Maroš Šefčovič to ensure that the Withdrawal Agreement works well and is applied properly. This will be key for building a solid future partnership with the UK.” The first meeting of the Joint Committee is set to take place before the end of March. For more information on the Withdrawal Agreement, see here.