eu-sustainableThe new EU Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker has officially started work. Assuming all goes smoothly, Juncker will remain in office until at least 31 October 2019 (with the option of running again for a second term). But what sort of Europe will the new Commission push for?

Whatever he’s going to do, Juncker has said he doesn’t intend to waste any time doing it:

jean-claude-junckerNow it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get down to work. Europe’s challenges cannot wait. As of today, my team and I will work hard to deliver Europe the new start we have promised. Together with a strong and experienced team I look forward to deliver for Europe during the next five years.

So Juncker looks forward to delivering… but what should he deliver?. We had a comment sent in by Lino who thinks that “If you had it bad with Barroso, Juncker will be the same or even worse”. He doesn’t expect any big policy changes from the new Commission, and is anticipating five mores years of the same.

To get a sense of what the previous Commission did on the environment (and what they didn’t manage to do) we recently spoke to Janez Potocnik, former EU Commissioner for the Environment. What would he say had been his biggest achievements since taking office in February 2010?

And what advice would he give to the new Juncker Commission? What should be their top priorities for the environment?

What should the new Juncker Commission do to ensure a sustainable EU economy? What should they do differently to the previous Commission? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policy-makers and experts for their reactions!

IMAGE CREDITS: CC / Flickr – Niccolò Caranti


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What do YOU think?

    • avatar
      Marcel

      Why? Being ‘Eurosceptic’ means being for democracy (and against the undemocratic EU) and for political, monetary and social sovereignty (and against the wealth-destroying Euro).

      Why would you not be ‘Eurosceptic’?

    • avatar
      olitician

      @andres,you are completely off topic. The term Eurosceptic is utilized by EU Politicians to ridicule their criitics, this term doesnt correctly define what they are, they are critics, people with questions & opinions, & people with complaints just look at the Greeks,Romas,British,Swiss,Spanish etc., only a absolute fool would deny that the EU, Euro etc. has systematic deficits.

    • avatar
      EU reform- proactive

      @ Andrés Bracco

      Sadly, as less informed one is- the more PRO EU one becomes! It want help safe the environment (from Monsanto) or kick start the economy.

    • avatar
      bert van santen

      Isn`t being tricked and lied to since 2002 not enough for You?

  1. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

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    Bring criminal actions against the leaders of Luxembourg who allowed 300 companies to avoid paying billions in tax.

    Unfortunately the conflict of interest means it will never happen.

    • avatar
      Marcel

      I’m sure Juncker will be itching to do just that… oh wait that would be a bit embarrassing for himself, wouldn’t it?

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Ivan Burrows
      Here, here!

    • avatar
      S.K

      Luxembourg has the right to tax companies and people any way they want whether high low or not at all, who the hell do you think you are to accuse them of criminality, check yourself.

    • avatar
      bert van santen

      Here here

  2. avatar
    Francesco Totino

    Dear Mr Junker .. the concept of “growth” is a too much generic concept and abvioulsy obvious and desirable … mention this problem would not solve our social decadence if , as i have already said and sent ro Mr Barroso and to Mr Van rompuy and other Institutional representatives , we don’t take the following actions to assure not a “numeric ” but a “social” growth http://economicsandpolicy.blogspot.it/2013/03/what-europe-should-do.html

  3. avatar
    Jaume Roqueta

    I dont know what they should do, but i know what they will do. They will privatize the environment!

  4. avatar
    Jaume Roqueta

    only rich people will be free to go to the countryside and enjoy the clean mountains, the rest of normal people should go to the suburbs of the cities

  5. avatar
    Antinazi Archimedes

    What a useless question, because after the free trade agreement corporations will be above the EU laws and national governments laws.

  6. avatar
    Marcel

    Juncker still doesn’t know that economies cannot grow forever, that perpetual growth is impossible.

    And another thing. Someone should investigate exactly which Luxembourgian politician approved all those shady tax deals with corporations. Well, we already know don’t we? Isn’t that right mister Juncker?

    See, Juncker and Luxembourg only love the EU as long as they nationally benefit from it, hypocrites that they are.

    • avatar
      EU reform- proactive

      Agree, but sadly Marcel, THEIR strategy is similar as one produces electricity- using the water differential called “hydro power”: THEY harness the always available differential in the level of equality- namely- inequality- endless!

  7. avatar
    Vinko Rajic

    EU is financing religious organisations . Maybe you could ask people in Medjugorje . They have contact with Virgin Mary . I watched video and Virgin told them about what is going to happen . I could understand that we should pray and do fasting and she is maybe going to save this planet , please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ssHb6nI-Bo

  8. avatar
    Vinko Rajic

    EU is financing religious organisations . Maybe you could ask people in Medjugorje . They have contact with Virgin Mary . I watched video and Virgin told them about what is going to happen . I could understand that we should pray and do fasting and she is maybe going to save this planet , please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ssHb6nI-Bo

  9. avatar
    Erich Scheffl

    Improve the welfare, and living conditions for the people. Then they are able to buy more environmental – friendly products. Raise this spiral http://www.WWSEEP.com . Many people in Europe have to live under worse conditions. Start a development project.

  10. avatar
    Erich Scheffl

    Improve the welfare, and living conditions for the people. Then they are able to buy more environmental – friendly products. Raise this spiral http://www.WWSEEP.com . Many people in Europe have to live under worse conditions. Start a development project.

  11. avatar
    Erich Scheffl

    Air, water, food. This is the priority for life. For the welfare we need the soul, the mood, the culture. See Maslows pyramide of needs. It would be better you do it. Your questions seems to be marketing. Avoid poverty and invest into the education. Please work according our targets. Very easy.

  12. avatar
    Trond Johannessen

    1. Set a deadline for car manufacturers to produce only zero emissions cars. 10 years from Jan 1 2015. Provide tax breaks for early adopters.

    2. Set a deadline for closing all fossil fuel fired electricity plants. 15 years from Jan 1 2015 – but plants have to close if they have operated for 30 years before that deadline. Provide tax breaks for early closures.

    3. Tax breaks for providing electric charging stations.

    • avatar
      George Yiannitsiotis

      It is easy to set such goals for countries that are geographically privileged. It does not apply in countries like Greece where 2/3 of it are listed as “Least Favored Areas” (LFAs) and electricity (excluding dirty lignite) costs! However, in countries like Greece, the EU should have been prompt in financing railway expansion and modernization instead of autoroutes.

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      EU reform- proactive

      @ George- Hi there,

      …… “geographically privileged”? Auto routes probably assisted Greece’s tourist industry & B&B’s to earn more Euros for Greece’s folks- not the bloated civil service who has become a global joke!

      The EU should have…….. or Greece should have……….?

      This political joking started already in 1882 by building a 1000mm instead of the European standard 1435mm gauge track rail network! In 2009, bankers for Goldman and Morgan Stanley offered the Greek government a plan to overhaul its 13 billion Dollar debt (~5% of GDP) ridden railways.

      It was reported that a Greek train driver earned as much as ~130,000 Dollar
      per annum & a Greek’s railway employees (~7,000 too many) ~ 78,000 Dollar
      per annum. German train drivers are on strike to better their pay of ~2,800 Dollars/month. (~40,000 Dollars/annum).

      And Greeks can see nothing wrong with that?

      http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-18032721

      Greeks misery is all Greek & its funeral has to be attended ruefully by all Greek folks now!
      As a consolation- the indebtedness creep in the whole polit- EU will have to be paid back by EU generations in future- similar to today’s Greece’s big famine!

  13. avatar
    EU reform- proactive

    * While EC’s Mr. Juncker is still in power- he could save his Luxembourg soul & prevent EU citizen from becoming MONSANTOS GM modified species of American Micky Mouse’s!

    * Prevent American Corporation to sue our EU Governments (us taxpayers)!

    * Avoid the total takeover by Corporations (the global 1%) of Europe and guarantee everlasting serfdom to all its farmers and citizen- without the usual happy ending for ever! Its all trick- no treat- but treason!

    * That is another reason not to trust the EC/EP with such important and life depending tasks, claiming unlimited power- without permission to act on behalf of its citizens! Not even dreaming to allow referendums in its Member States. Shame!

    Should the EU sign such catastrophic contract- the whole of Europe must GUY FOX Brussels- but claim back sovereignty first.

    * “Trond Johannessen” 3 points can thereafter be implemented.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/02/transatlantic-free-trade-deal-regulation-by-lawyers-eu-us

  14. avatar
    Costin Halaicu

    The top priority should be solving the energy crisis. The European Union is reliant on outside sources of energy, and as we can see, this sometimes generates problems for us all (e.g. the frozen conflict with Russia, the Ukraine situation in which the Russian response to EU pressure was cutting gas supply for a number of EU member states), and this is even on top of the time bomb that has been set in place beginning with the industrial revolution: global warming and climate change. We need innovation in the energy sector, so we can evolve into a new energy paradigm – one of sustainable energy becoming our no. 1 source. Something needs to be done specifically about intellectual property rights for photo-voltaic energy, wind energy and bio-mass fuel, and how they are being accessed by developing countries. It’s a known fact that clean energy is most of the times too expensive for these countries specifically because of IP rights.

  15. avatar
    Costin Halaicu

    And one more thing: say a definitive NO to TTIP, especially to the ISDS part. Corporations should never be above nation level regulations. Should they ever be, the environment will be the first to suffer from their greed.

    • avatar
      Marcel

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  16. avatar
    Sofia

    What he should do? …Ask the PEOPLE of EUROPE and not ONE person….

  17. avatar
    catherine benning

    I agree with Marcel in his post above.

    Here we see a more revealing story about the cheating Juncker. What was it the Queen in the Alice in Wonderland book used to cry out. Off with his? Now what was it?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2829399/Calls-Juncker-quit-tax-avoidance-deals-Critics-say-EU-commission-chief-s-position-untenable-revelations-helped-firms-avoid-billions-tax.html

    As more of this man’s real agenda in that job he stole is revealed the more we will wonder what to do about these hidden criminals. Incarcerate for life seems the only way to be rid of them.

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