Timmermans to leave EU Commission

In charge of the European Green Deal from 1 December 2019, Frans Timmermans is leaving the European Commission, of which he was first vice-president since 2014, to run and campaign for the Dutch general elections scheduled for the autumn, called after the resignation of Prime Minister Frank Rutte a few days ago.

Timmermans therefore leaves the top role within the European institutions, where he was one of the main protagonists and proponents of the Green Deal, a political initiative and ecological turnaround of the European Commission, behind many measures and proposals such as the Regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste (PPWR), often becoming the object of criticism from various members of the plastics industry for the economic and social consequences of his positions, but also the banning of internal combustion engines from 2035 and the energy efficiency of buildings.