Insights European Commission reorganises the “Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom” into “Service for the EU-UK Agreements”

The conclusion of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 24 December 2020 means that the mandate of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF) will come to an end. The UKTF will cease to exist on 1 March 2021.

The Commission says that to support the efficient and rigorous implementation and monitoring of Agreements with the UK, it has decided to establish a new Service for the EU-UK Agreements (UKS). The UKS will be part of the presidential services’ Secretariat-General and will be operational as of 1 March 2021. The mandate and duration of the newly created service will be reviewed on a continuous basis. The UKS will closely cooperate with the High Representative/Vice President.

Michel Barnier will become Special Adviser to President von der Leyen as of 1 February 2021. He will advise the President on the implementation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and provide expertise in view of the finalisation of the EU’s ratification process of the TCA.

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President in charge of interinstitutional relations and foresight, has been appointed as the Member of the Commission to co-chair and represent the EU in the Partnership Council, established by the TCA. To read the Commission’s announcement in full, click here.