Britain's former ambassador to France is set to take up the European Union's security portfolio.

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker wants Julian King to lead the executive arm's fight against terrorism, organized crime and radicalization.

The Commission said Tuesday that Juncker would seek endorsement for the move from the European Parliament.

King is a career diplomat who has spent several years working at EU headquarters in Brussels.

He was nominated for commissioner after Jonathan Hill resigned in the wake of Britain's vote in June to leave the EU. Hill had previously been Britain's representative on the Commission responsible for financial services, a policy area likely to be central to Britain's exit negotiations.