About: Frans Timmermans

Economy & Jobs 27-07-2021

Critics warn carbon price proposal would exacerbate energy poverty

Energy poverty could be exacerbated ad prices rise under the European Commission's proposed revamped emissions trading scheme, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has warned, with other stakeholders raising similar misgivings. 

EU industry shuns carbon border levy, calls for export rebates

European industries covered by the EU's future carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) have expressed doubts about the proposal, tabled last week. In addition to border measures, they are calling for an export rebate scheme to help green EU products compete on global markets.

Overly complex EU climate package will curb investment in green fuels, warns industry

The advanced biofuels industry has criticised the complexity of the EU’s climate legislation package, arguing that the uncertainty caused by the slew of new rules will hinder investor confidence.
Electric vehicles 14-07-2021

EU signals end of internal combustion engine by 2035

Sales of new cars and vans that produce carbon emissions will be banned as of 2035, proposals tabled by the European Commission revealed on Wednesday (14 July), a move which all but guarantees that the era of the internal combustion engine (ICE) is drawing to a close in the EU.

Slovenian interior minister asked to apologise for ‘swine’ comment

Slovenian President Borut Pahor has criticised Interior Minister Aleš Hojs for using the term "swine" in a comment interpreted as targeting a senior member of the EU Commission, urging the minister to apologise.
Agrifood 29-06-2021

Greens do not break up with Timmermans, but letdown remains

European Greens have been disappointed with the first steps in the EU's Green Deal implementation but despite recent criticism received from Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, they have expressed readiness to continue working with him on shaping the bloc's green agenda.

Planned EU carbon market reform is ‘politically suicidal’, warns French MEP

Plans to extend the EU's carbon market to transport and buildings would be "politically suicidal" and risk triggering social unrest similar to the 2018 Yellow Vests movement in France, warned French MEP Pascal Canfin last week. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-06-2021

Workers’ groups seek to influence Green Deal

The workers’ groups of the European Economic and Social Committee have seized upon the term “just transition” in a bid to insert their aims for workers’ co-determination into the Commission’s flagship policy, the European Green Deal.
Agrifood 22-06-2021

German agriculture minister slams Timmermans ahead of CAP trilogue

German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner has launched a sharp attack on EU climate chief Frans Timmermans ahead of continued negotiations on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Brussels. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU plans ‘climate action social fund’ to shield citizens from rising carbon prices

The European Commission will set up a fund to support vulnerable households if their fuel bills increase as a result of its plan to expand carbon pricing to transport and buildings' heating systems, the EU's climate chief said on Wednesday (9 June).
Agrifood 18-05-2021

Greta’s army turns again to EU Parliament to scrap the CAP

Young climate activists trying to halt the reform of the EU's farming subsidies programme will turn their focus back to the European Parliament, after their best ally, the Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, made clear his hands are tied on this dossier.
Transport 13-05-2021

EU to launch ‘adjacent’ carbon market for transport, buildings

A senior EU official on Tuesday (11 May) defended European Commission plans to extend the bloc's carbon market to road transport, arguing that revenues generated could be used to offset the effects of higher fuel prices on the poorest in society.

EU climate chief warns against curbing carbon price rally

The European Union’s head of climate change policy warned against policymakers intervening in the carbon market on Friday (7 May), after the price of EU carbon permits soared this week to record highs.
Agrifood 02-04-2021

Nutri-Score food labelling plan is not panacea, EU official says

The proposed colour-coded Nutri-Score labelling system should not be seen as a panacea for consumers to assess the healthiness of food, according to a member of the cabinet of EU's agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski.
Climate change 31-03-2021

Greener farm reform ‘still possible’, EU’s Timmermans says after meeting climate activists

A group of climate campaigners led by Greta Thunberg have met with European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, urging him to withdraw current proposals to reform the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy.
Coronavirus 15-03-2021

‘Mistakes were made’ when vaccines were ordered, EU’s Timmermans admits

The European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has admitted that mistakes were made in Brussels when COVID-19 vaccines were being ordered and suggested taking stock "at the end of the pandemic" of what went wrong and what was done right. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

US envoy promotes climate alignment with Europe

The EU and Washington need to align to tackle climate change, US envoy John Kerry said in Brussels on Tuesday (9 March), confirming the new US administration's policy shift away from Donald Trump's roll back of environmental protections.

EU Commission clashes with Parliament over ‘net’ 2030 climate target

Lawmakers have denounced a “loophole” in the European Commission's proposed climate target for 2030 and pointed the finger at the EU executive for its hard negotiation style over the EU climate law.

EU sees carbon border levy as ‘matter of survival’ for industry

The European Union's proposed carbon border charge is essential to the survival of its own industries and the bloc will impose the levy on non-EU competitors unless they commit to lowering their emissions, the bloc's climate policy chief said on Monday (18 January).
Agrifood 26-11-2020

Time for small amendments to CAP is over, Greta tells the EU

In a virtual meeting with the Commission executive vice president Frans Timmermans, a group of young climate activists headed by Greta Thunberg reiterated their harsh criticism of the proposed reform of the EU's farming subsidies programme, saying there was no more time for "small steps in the right direction".
Agrifood 19-11-2020

Can the EU Commission scrap its CAP plan?

The European Commission's threat to withdraw its legislative proposal for the post-2020 EU’s farming subsidies programme has irritated EU lawmakers. EURACTIV.com asked some legal experts to clear the air about the controversy.
Agrifood 17-11-2020

Commission back-pedals on CAP withdrawal after rattling farm ministers

Withdrawing the proposal for a reform of the EU's farming subsidies programme is off the table, the European Commission assured farm ministers after its executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans hinted at this possibility, saying the programme could be better aligned with environmental objectives.
Agrifood 13-11-2020

Commission does not rule out CAP withdrawal at a later stage

The European Commission has confirmed that a withdrawal of its proposal for the reform of the EU's massive farming subsidies programme is still a possibility, though not at this stage.
Energy 26-10-2020

Brussels ‘won’t stand in the way’ of new nuclear plants, says EU climate chief

The European Commission “will not stand in the way” of countries that choose to build new nuclear power stations, said EU climate chief Frans Timmermans, who warned however about the life-cycle costs of the technology, “which means that you will be stuck with it for a long, long, long time”.