EU gets a new climate commissioner, a McKinsey boy with all the right credentials

ER Editor: Shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic we very much hope.

Our thanks to Dutch colleague Michel van der Kemp for the heads-up.


This week, following the announcement to ‘step down’ from the climate czar job a little while ago by former EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans (why on earth would he do this? Oh yeah, to run in the Dutch elections, where he isn’t at all popular, because that’s what you do at the end of a successful bureaucratic career), two candidates have been jockeying for position where neither originally received enough votes (a 2/3 majority is needed)Dutchman and globalist Wopke Hoekstra and Slovak Maroš Šefčovič. Hoekstra finally got it. Šefčovič comes from Robert Fico‘s party. Fico is dangerously sympathetic to Russia for any of his candidates to be elected. You know, Putin. See what we published on this from this past week. 

Of note from euronews

Hoekstra’s nomination for the climate role had sparked controversy among environmental groups, who claimed he lacked the credentials to lead the EU’s climate action policies. He voted down key environmental laws in the Dutch parliament and previously worked for oil and gas giant Shell.

But he surprised MEPs on Monday when he vowed more climate ambition and new measures to curb climate change, including a tax on aviation fuel.

The Dutchman has now been given extra time to provide further declarations on his past work for global consulting firm McKinsey.

If successful, Hoekstra would represent the bloc in key international climate negotiations, including the UN COP28 conference in Dubai.

Canfin acknowledged on Tuesday that there is a real risk there will be no climate commissioner representing the EU at COP28 if Hoekstra’s candidacy is delayed.

Hoekstra sounds like the perfect hypocritical tool – having worked for the right industries historically, who will do the right thing on cue, regardless of his personal convictions about climate policy. And he’s a former McKinsey boy, like Macron. A perfect example of the revolving door between corporations and government.

The EU is predicted to go down by big picture analysts. This can’t come too soon in our humble opinion.

The article below by Rene van Rijckevorsel is machine-translated. We apologize for awkwardness in the language.

*** (severe MSM warning) also picked up the story yesterday. See —

Of note, showing that the dominant forces in the EU don’t give the proverbial you-know-what about the electorate:

If the EU was to get a conservative climate commissioner, left-wing lawmakers were going to make it hurt — for a bit, at least.

On Wednesday, the EU’s new Green Deal chief Maroš Šefčovič and climate Commissioner-designate Wopke Hoekstra finally won the blessing of the European Parliament’s environment committee. A formal confirmation vote in plenary is scheduled for Thursday.

The committee’s approval came only after MEPs, unsatisfied with what they had heard in hours-long hearings earlier this week, forced Šefčovič and Hoekstra to answer additional questions in writing.

Green-minded MEPs in particular sought to put pressure on both candidates, demanding clarity on specific legislative files and diplomatic efforts — in particular setting the EU’s new climate goal for 2040.

But as much as the lawmakers insisted that this was all about substancethey ultimately waved the candidates through despite gaining little in the way of new policy commitments.

Instead, the prolonged hearings were all about sending a message: Don’t mess with the Green Deal.

With EU elections on the horizon, the past year has seen an increasing number of governments and MEPs — particularly on the right — pushing for weaker EU green legislation as the policies start to hit home for voters.

Left-leaning MEPs were aghast at the idea of an EPP man in charge of the bloc’s climate policy, given that Hoekstra’s political family has spent much of the year campaigning for weaker nature conservation rules and less green regulation.


Wopke Hoekstra becomes European Commissioner: hearing was quite embarrassing

The rather implausible public interrogation of Wopke Hoekstra by the European Parliament has not done either party a favor

René van Rijckevorsel RENÉ VAN RIJCKEVORSEL

He did an excellent job, Wopke Hoekstra (48). Last Monday evening European Parliamentarians ‘grilled’ the former CDA leader and former minister of foreign affairs and finance to see if they consider him suitable to become European climate commissioner.

Hearing Wopke Hoekstra in European Parliament. Photo: FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP
Hoekstra juggled languages as they appreciate it in the European Union (he spoke Dutch, English, French, German and un pò di italiano), remained calm and polite. His ready knowledge was impressive after three weeks of stamping. He remains, of course, a neat as well as a smart Minerva boy.


To please his interrogators and get the nice job, Hoekstra was suddenly ultra-green (awake kissed by his children, he said ), he advocated taxation of kerosene and a sharper target for 2040: 90 percent less CO2 emissions. He also said he regretted his harsh attitude towards Southern European countries that insisted on European corona support.
However, Hoekstra did not receive a green light on Monday. The man who had worked for companies like McKinsey (!) and Shell (shame!) had to take a small additional exam on Tuesday, in writing. This morning it quickly became clear that he had passed.


Hoekstra must have been very reminiscent of his green age in Leiden in the humiliating position he was in during the interrogation. To get rid of them, your annoying senior students spoke to the mouth as much as possible. Any self-denial was permitted. PvdA member Mohammed Chahim did not misspeak: ‘ We witnessed the miraculous conversion of Hoekstra into a green politician. ’
But the ‘old-years’ in the European Parliament, such as Chahim has, can also look in the mirror. The script for the play that led to Hoekstra being selected was too transparent. First drop in the corridors for weeks that it is still far from a run. Then after the first interrogation do not agree yet, but let the candidate dangle.


Yes, because Hoekstra’s appointment was not the only one this week. Slovak Maroš Šefčovič had to be grilled after Hoekstra before he could take up the post of First Vice-President of the Commission – he will be replaced by Frans Timmermans.
Now Šefčovič belongs to the social democratic party SMER of Robert Fico, who won the Slovak elections last weekend. The pro-Russian SEA belongs to the group of European socialists. Pro-Russian? That may be worse than a past at Shell. Šefčovič also had to take an additional exam, according to the Christian Democratic EPP.

CONTINUE READING HERE (browsers will translate)


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