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S&Ds confirm claim to climate portfolio as Dutch government set to nominate controversial Commissioner candidate

Reacting to news reports that the outgoing Dutch government of Mark Rutte will today nominate foreign minister Wopke Hoekstra as its candidate to be the country's next European Commissioner, the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament state:

"As First Vice-President of the Commission - and responsible for the Green Deal - Frans Timmermans took on an inspiring, herculean and pivotal role to translate Europe's climate ambitions into policies protecting people and the planet. We hope Europe's loss will be the Netherlands' gain.

Despite Frans Timmermans' departure, we will continue working to ensure that Europe transforms into a climate-neutral continent through a fair transition, leaving no one behind.

"Against the backdrop of the conservative EPP's recent cynical and populist manoeuvres to water-down the Green Deal and derail key legislative files such as the nature restauration law, it is crucial for our Group that the climate portfolio remains in the hands of the Socialists and Democrats family.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 06:36:38 PM EST
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ELECTION 2024 gonna be EPIC!
by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 06:47:41 PM EST
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