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Europe’s Powerful Green Lobby Defeated As Socialists & Conservatives Vote In New EU Energy Commissioner Cañete


As predicted here a week ago, Jean-Claude Juncker’s controversial choice for Energy Commissioner Miguel Cañete was voted in by Socialists and Conservatives in the European Parliament, despite more than half a million people demanding his removal from the job.

As EurActiv reported earlier today, the Socialists and Democrats group decided to back Cañete in exchange for the support of his European People’s Party (EPP) for French Socialist Pierre Moscovici. The former French finance minister, who was nominated for the Economic and Monetary Affairs portfolio, was later comfortably backed by MEPs.

MEPs ignored an online petition which attracted nearly 600,000 signatures and a vocal social media and telephone campaign calling for Cañete to be rejected.

83 of the committee were in favour of Cañete, criticised for his links to oil industry, as a Commissioner, 42 were against and three abstained.

A vote on whether the Spaniard, described by some as an “oil baron” was a suitable choice for the climate and energy portfolio was 77 in favour, 48 against and three abstentions.

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