Cañete defends climate and energy credentials

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Miguel Cañete, a controversial choice as Energy and Climate Commissioner, today (4 December) defended his credentials for the post.

Responding to a question put by EURACTIV, Cañete said he was “perfectly legitimated” to do his job.

His appointment by Spain sparked protests from campaigners and MEPs and a Stop Cañete online petition that attracted nearly 600,000 signatories in less than a week.

Cañete’s critics point to his links with the oil industry, characterising him as an oil baron with a family fortune in fossil fuel. He says he has sold all his shares in oil companies.

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MEPs backed Cañete’s appointment in October after a deal between the European People’s Party and the Socialists.

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Cañete, in one of his first appearances before reporters at the European Commission since his appointment, was giving a statement on an international climate conference in Lima.

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