New EU chief vows to step up climate change fight and boost growth

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Head of executive to repurpose EU institutions to facilitate green initiatives

Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/THIERRY MONASSE

“We don’t have a moment to waste any more on fighting climate change,” Von der Leyen told the assembly shortly before the vote in a speech delivered in English, French and German. “It will need massive investment.” The commission proposes laws for the EU on everything from budgets to energy, negotiates trade deals around the world on behalf of the EU’s 500-million citizens and acts as the bloc’s competition watchdog, approving company mergers and setting rules for global tech giants such as Facebook and Google.


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