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Dutch commissioner replacement sparks EU climate fears

Image: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

Concerns raised that Dutch conservative politician could hinder climate push if confirmed as EU green chief

The nomination of Dutch conservative politician Wopke Hoekstra to replace the EU’s outgoing green chief Frans Timmermans has sparked fears of setbacks to the bloc’s climate push.

Outgoing Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte confirmed on 24 August he had nominated his foreign minister Hoekstra (pictured) to become the Netherlands’ next commissioner. It is expected that Hoekstra will take on the EU’s climate portfolio, but responsibility for overseeing the European Green Deal will stay with Maroš Šefčovič, who was appointed as Timmermans interim replacement earlier in the week.

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