As rumour and uncertainty continue to surround the appointments of the top jobs in the EU institutions, Molly has called for gender balance and key roles for Greens. Voting for a new European Parliament president takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, and Greens have put forward the president of their own group, Ska Keller, for the presidency.
Molly, who heads up the seven-strong UK Green MEP delegation and is Green Party speaker on Brexit, said:
“The appointments to the top jobs must be genuinely representative, not a stitch up. In particular, gender balance is crucial. Appointing another set of old white men to senior positions does the EU and its institutions no favours.
“Greens also need to be properly represented following the increase in their vote in many countries in Europe. We are now the fourth largest group and have increased our number of MEPs from 50 to 74.
“At a time when concerns about climate change and other environmental issues take centre stage, the EU institutions must indicate to citizens – especially younger citizens – that the issues they care about are being taken seriously. That is why the Green group has nominated the excellent Ska Keller for president of the European Parliament.”
The ‘Magnificent Seven’ UK Green MEPs officially took up their seats in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.
From Left to right: Catherine Rowett (East), Magid Magid (Yorks and Humber), Molly Scott Cato (South West), Gina Dowding (North West), Ellie Chowns (West Midlands), Scott Ainslie (London), Alexandra Phillips (South East).