Interview: EEA head Hans Bruyninckx on the European Green Deal, the EU budget and eco-friendly ‘creative destruction’

With the European Environment Agency warning that time is running out for Europe to address the ever worsening climate and environment crises, executive director Hans Bruyninckx tells ENDS he is optimistic about the new European Commission, with the planned European Green Deal showing ‘a real shift in emphasis’.

Hans Bruyninckx sees the mission of the European Environment Agency (EEA), which he has led since 2013, as providing “reliable, relevant, targeted and timely” information. It has fulfilled that role this week by publishing a ‘State of the Environment’ report that spoke of the “unprecedented scale and urgency” of the environmental challenges facing Europe. European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans reacted by saying policy makers must act with the same urgency as they would if there was “a comet heading to earth”.

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