German politician Ursula von der Leyen, which European leaders invited for the post of head of the European Commission, promised in her election to make climate a priority. On Tuesday, July 16, reports AFP. Elections of the head of the European Commission will be held in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening.
Speaking to MEPs, the former German Minister of defense von der Leyen promised that “the first European law on climate” will be assigned the task of achieving the so-called “carbon neutrality” by 2050.
“Carbon neutrality” involves not only the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but also compensation of remaining emissions through, for example, planting trees or using renewable energy sources.
Candidate for the post of President of the European Commission also confirmed that it is “ready” to the new transfer date Brekzita, scheduled for October 31. According to AFP, the proposal was booed by British MEPs, supporters Brekzita.
60-year-old Ursula von der Leyen, a close ally of Angela Merkel, was nominated for the post of European Commission President on the results of the protracted and tense negotiations in Brussels.
In order to be elected, von der Leyen needs to obtain the vast majority of 374 votes, AFP said. Voting does not require a second round. In case of loss of Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council will have a month to submit a new candidate. And then a new vote will be held in September.