European Greens demand action on climate as condition to approve EU top job

(Climate Change News, 9 Jul 2019) Green grouping co-chairs in the European Parliament set tough conditions to ratify Ursula von der Leyen as next Commission president after meeting her on Monday.

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The European Greens have set tough conditions for giving their approval to designated European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, who started her charm offensive among political parties in Brussels on Monday, ahead of next week’s vote in the European Parliament.

Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts, the co-chairs of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, met with von der Leyen on Monday, setting a genuine commitment to climate protection, sea rescue in the Mediterranean and a revamping of the Spitzenkandidat process as conditions for her election.

Long-term minister von der Leyen is “a very able politician,” Keller said following the meeting with Ursula von der Leyen, “But from my own point of view, that’s not enough to be commission president.”

Speaking to reporters after the one-hour talk, Keller acknowledged the meeting as a “very nice exchange”, but said it was too early to decide whether her party will throw her support behind von der Leyen.

“But just because you had a nice meeting, it does not mean that you will vote for someone, right? For us it depends on content, on programme,” Keller added.

The Greens have 74 out of 751 MEPs, making them the fourth largest group in the newly constituted European Parliament, with the German Greens being the largest national group inside the grouping with 21 MEPs.

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