The 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:
Now 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!