May 7, 2013 by Silvana Bolocan
President Barack Obama has appointed Michael Froman, deputy national security adviser for international economics, as United States trade representative. He will be in charge of conducting the prospective free-trade deal with the EU.
Richard Bruton, Ireland’s minister for jobs, welcomed Froman’s appointment. He described his nomination as a “boost to the chances of achieving progress on a new deal” between the US and the EU. Ireland is the current holder of the rotating presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers, and Bruton pledged to secure agreement on a mandate for the talks before the end of June.
His nomination requires approval from the Senate.