The new European Commission President has delivered a major shake-up of the Commission’s energy, climate change and environment departments in a move designed to bolster the bloc’s energy security and accelerate the shift towards a low carbon economy.
Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commissioner President-elect, today confirmed former Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek has been appointed to the new position of Vice-President for Energy Union department, where she will be tasked with delivering a single market and working with colleagues to set binding 2030 climate change targets.
He also confirmed the formerly separate roles of Energy and Climate Action Commissioners had now been combined with the new role taken up by Spain’s former environment minister Miguel Arias Cañete. However, the Energy and Climate Action departments will remain separate entities.
As numerous studies have demonstrated in the past few weeks the economic case for a bold European climate policy has never been stronger. But only time will tell if the newly appointed Commissioners have been convinced by the arguments in favour of a green economy.