European Commissioner Nominates Dutch Foreign Minister and ex Shell Employee to Lead on Climate

According to Climate Home News, the European Commission has nominated Dutch foreign minister Wopke Hoekstra to replace Frans Timmermans as its chief climate diplomat. Hoekstra has little to no climate experience, and his domestic climate record has also been criticised. There are concerns that he will be a conservative spender and will hold back funds from poorer nations. He also worked for Shell for three years in various junior positions after leaving University. He must still appear before Parliament for questioning. In order to be approved he requires a two-thirds majority of the committee’s 87 members.

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