Green MEP Michael Bloss on corporate lobbyists, climate protests and ‘social tipping points’

The Greens/EFA group became the fourth largest political group in Brussels after EU elections last May, with the surge in support – and an increasingly vocal protest movement – credited with pushing the EU's new executive to put environmental action at the centre of its agenda. ENDS spoke this week to MEP Michael Bloss, one of a crop of millennial environmentalists carried into the European Parliament on the 'green wave' that washed across northern Europe. The German lawmaker speaks of how, after outlining its European Green Deal, Ursula von der Leyen's commission has yet to back up its ambitious rhetoric with concrete legislation. He also discusses power dynamics in the parliament, and the need for transparency over lobbying.

The interview took place the day before the parliament's industry, research and energy committee waved through a 'projects of common interest' list that promises EU support to a range of gas pipelines and LNG terminals, despite stiff opposition from environmentalists. The list, adopted in October as one of the last moves by the outgoing Juncker commission and which only the EU executive has the power to amend, was billed as a first test of von der Leyen's green credentials.

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