EU's climate ambitions to increase as Green surge reaches parliament

28 May 2019 4:52pm
Climate legislation is likely to move higher up the EU agenda over the next five years, leading to more determined work on outstanding policy ideas and the potential for new proposals to come to the fore.

Last night’s European Parliament elections have produced mixed results, and it remains unclear who is going to take over Jean-Claude Juncker’s post as the president of the European Commission. But the impressive gains made by parties in favor of climate action have altered the political landscape, whichever way the cards fall.

Europe’s Greens had a good night at the polls. They took 69 of the parliament’s 751 seats — an increase of nearly 40 percent over their existing 50 lawmakers — and finished in the top two or three parties in many countries.