Responding to the new EU Commission that was announced today, Molly, who is head of the UK delegation of Green MEPs, said:
“I’m delighted that, for the first time, we will have a gender-balanced Commission and a female President, something the Greens have long campaigned for. It is regrettable that the Commission is wholly white and cannot therefore be considered fully representative of our diverse European community. It is also deeply regrettable that the UK has chosen to thrown away the opportunity to be part of this Commission by not appointing a Commissioner.
“Of particular note is the appointment of Margrethe Vestager as Executive vice president for the Digital Age. She has already proved she is up to the challenge of taking on the global digital giants over their monopoly power and tax avoidance. She will also take a lead on protecting our democracy against digital propaganda which, as the UK has learnt to its cost through the misinformation peddled during the referendum campaign, is vital at this time.
“We are also cautiously hopeful that Frans Timmermans, as vice president for European Green Deal, will help deliver some of the key aspects of the Green New Deal that Greens have been championing for many years.
“However, given that half the time we have left to save the climate will elapse during the lifetime of this Commission, we deeply regret that there is no Green Commissioner with a specific focus on the climate emergency.”