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MEPs approve Hoekstra and Šefčovič in new climate roles

Images: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr and European Union

Controversial Dutch politician Hoekstra gets commissioner job, while Šefčovič adds Green Deal to responsibilities

MEPs have approved the appointment of controversial Dutch politician Wopke Hoekstra as EU commissioner for climate action, and the addition of the European Green Deal climate policy package to the responsibilities of the European Commission executive vice president Maroš Šefčovič.

Back in August, the EU’s then EVP for the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, quit the post to run for Dutch prime minister. The Commission intends to split his role, giving overarching climate responsibilities to longstanding vice-president Šefčovič (pictured right) and more fine-grained climate policy to Hoekstra (pictured left).

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