Bratušek links energy union portfolio to climate policy but struggles to impress

Press release - October 6, 2014
Brussels – As parliamentary hearings for the Juncker Commission enter their second week, Commissioner-designate Alenka Bratušek, aspiring vice-president for the energy union, was in the dock this afternoon. In her opening statement she outlined an expanded portfolio linking climate action and energy policy, yet she struggled to convince MEPs that she was the right person for the job.

Greenpeace EU energy policy director Franziska Achterberg said: “In her opening remarks, Bratušek stressed that to achieve a European energy union, climate and energy policy should go hand in hand. She also underlined the importance of energy efficiency investments and the role of renewables in reducing Europe’s energy import dependency. However, she generally lacked substance and initiative in her answers to MEP questions. While Bratušek was right to link climate policy to the energy union vice-presidency, it’s difficult to imagine how she could take on such an important portfolio based on today’s vague and evasive performance.”

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