Phil Hogan says he won’t be pursuing the job of director-general of the World Trade Organisation.
Ireland’s EU trade commissioner had previously admitted that he was considering putting his name forward, but never formally declared as a candidate.
The Kilkennyman’s now confirming he won’t be going for the role because of a busy EU trade agenda.
And Commissioner Hogan says the Brexit negotiations were a key factor in his decision.
Meanwhile, UK negotiators are in Brussels for face-to-face talks with their EU counterparts this week for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s been little progress in recent months over a post-Brexit EU trade deal.
Monday’s talks are expected to focus on fishing.