With its vote today, the European Parliament gave the green light to the von der Leyen Commission and its collective ambition to put in place a European Green Deal in 2020, within the first 100 days of the European Commission’s time in office. More than six months after the EU elections, the new European Commission can now finally get to work.
"Today’s vote has given the official start signal for the von der Leyen Commission, and we expect to see immediate action to put its promises into action. The European Green Deal - which to date is merely a concept - must now be filled with content, with a focus on accelerated climate action in the short term up to 2030 driven by an ambitious EU climate law, and strict and binding commitments on biodiversity to jump start the restoration of nature across Europe,” said Ester Asin, Director of the WWF European Policy Office. “We also expect the Commission to apply their ‘zero tolerance’ commitment, holding to account those Member States that do not respect long-standing EU environmental laws.”
During and following the election campaign, WWF had set out a number of recommendations for the new mandate, many of which are now reflected in the programme and priorities of this Commission, including a call for a European Sustainability Pact, which is now taking shape in the form of the European Green Deal. WWF had also insisted on the need for a Vice-President leading on climate action and nature, now reflected in the responsibility of Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans.