Climate a ‘signature issue’ as Ursula von der Leyen anointed EU chief

From the desk of Climate Home News. Lawmakers backed the German politician as European Commission president by a slim majority on Tuesday. Ursula Von der Leyen after she met calls to strengthen climate ambition!

von der Leyen addresses the European Parliament on Tuesday (Photo: European Union 2019/EP)


The European Parliament confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as the first women president of the European Commission in a nail-biting vote on Tuesday that put climate change Centre stage.

The German former defense minister scraped the majority she needed, with 383 votes to 327. Both the liberal Renew Europe and the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) groups announced they would back her nomination less than an hour before the secret ballot started.

As reported before:

The EU has been the part of the world where the most climate policies have been implemented, and where practical policy experimentation in the field of the environment and climate change has been taking place at a rapid pace over the last twenty-five years. This has contributed to considerable success in reducing pollution, decoupling emissions from economic growth and fostering global technological leadership.

In conclusion, climate change played a decisive role. Especially after liberal, socialist and green blocs all demanded Von Der Leyen strengthen her climate platform. That’s the condition for their support.

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