New EU chief names team for climate and global challenges

New EU chief names team for climate and global challenges
# 10 September 2019 18:44 (UTC +04:00)

The European Union must lead the fight against climate change, build ties with the United States and Africa and face up to a more assertive China, the incoming chief of the EU executive said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Ursula von der Leyen gave jobs to her 27-strong team, laying heavy stress on a “Green Deal”, technological threats and opportunities and a need to respond to unease among many Europeans about changes ahead to their way of life.

Her “college” of commissioners will take office on Nov. 1, assuming they secure approval from the European Parliament - not a given after it only narrowly backed the German in July.

Greens lawmakers have already expressed concern that her commissioners include Hungary’s ex-justice minister, who they say has undermined the rule of law there.

Von der Leyen’s team will succeed that of Jean-Claude Juncker, who faced the aftermath of the sovereign debt crisis, a migration crisis, Britain’s vote to leave the bloc and a more protectionist United States under President Donald Trump.

Juncker dubbed his team the “political” commission. Von der Leyen said hers would be “geopolitical”, implying that the EU should play a greater role in world affairs.

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