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European Green Deal – Climate-neutral continent

On Wednesday 11 December von der Leyen’s Commission has released its plan for the green future of the European Union. In various statements, von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans, the responsible Vice-President in this matter, pointed out that huge efforts need to be made to turn Europe into a climate-neutral continent.

“Our goal is to reconcile the economy with our planet. To reconcile the way we produce, the way we consume, with our planet. And to make it work for our people. […] We do not have all the answers yet. Today is the start of a journey. But this is Europe’s ‘man on the moon’ moment”, Ursula von der Leyen said in the press conference.

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New EU-Commission has been approved and started to work

The European Parliament approved on 27 November 2019 the new European Commission headed by Ursula von der Leyen (461 to 157 vote of confidence, 89 abstained). Von der Leyen only needed a simple majority to secure confirmation as commission president. On 1 December, the new Commission started working. The new legislative period from 2019-2024 is already announced to bring perceptible changes into European Politics.

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