Green Deal 2.0: Spain’s Ribera lays down vision for next Commission

(EurActiv, 15 Apr 2024) Doubling down on climate action and social justice, restoring trust in European democracy, and “Green diplomacy” form the vision set out by Spanish Vice-President and Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera, the frontrunner to become Spain’s next commissioner in Brussels.

Ribera previously affirmed that she would prefer to stay in Spain. But she is now more open to job prospects in the next Commission.

“I’m always prepared to fight for the climate, for clean energy, for my country and for Europe,” Ribera told Euractiv when asked about her career prospects. 

“I have never discarded [the option], but it is not me who takes the decision,” she added, asserting it is up to Sánchez to choose the nominee. 

In Madrid, rumours swirl that she is Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s favourite candidate for the job. 

With Ribera’s profile, Spain could score a Commission vice-presidency and a portfolio on energy and/or environment, leading the continuation of the EU’s Green Deal. 

Leading the Spanish Socialist government regarding green policies, she became one of the most influential policymakers of the EU’s energy and environment during Spain’s EU Council presidency in the second half of 2023 and was a key voice at the COP28 climate change conference in Duba

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EurActiv, 15 Apr 2024: Green Deal 2.0: Spain’s Ribera lays down vision for next Commission