VIENNA – Austrian MEPs criticise EU Commission on day 100

While Angelika Winzig from the conservative ÖVP, Austrian sister party to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s CDU, praised the Commission chief for having “started with ambitious goals to solve the challenges of our time”, her coalition partners from the Green camp found less flattering words.

The head of the Green delegation, MEP Monika Vana, acknowledged some progress with the Green Deal but gave the new Commission president a “not more than a solid satisfactory” grade (the Austrian equivalent to a “C”) as her team still moves as slowly as Juncker’s.

Besides, MEP Andreas Schieder of Austria’s Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) bemoaned the lack of “concrete plans of implementation in almost all central areas”, while liberal MEP Claudia Gamon (NEOS) said she had seen little progress but pointed her finger not at the Commission, but rather at the Council for “being able to block important initiatives”. The right-wing FPÖ called Von der Leyen’s time so far “100 days of holdup”.

(Philipp Grüll |

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