Current European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans is set to become de facto EU commissioner for climate action after president-elect Ursula von der Leyen assigned portfolios to 26 national candidates, in a move which suggests the EU executive will attach greater importance to the fight against global warming.
The climate brief is just one part of his new role as Executive Vice-President for a European Green Deal – an initiative put forward by von der Leyen as the German defence minister sought to establish her environmental and climate credentials following her surprise nomination in July.
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