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Timmermans Frans

Timmermans Frans

European Commission’s Executive Vice-President

Interview with Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President

Interview with Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President

24 Feb 2021 | 10:20 - 10:35

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Timmermans Frans

Frans Timmermans began his career with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987. After taking part in the junior diplomat training programme, he worked at the European Integration Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow. He later worked for Hans van den Broek, European Commissioner for External Relations, and Max van der Stoel, High Commissioner on National Minorities for the OSCE.

In 1998, Frans Timmermans was elected as a member of the House of Representatives for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), where he dealt principally with foreign affairs. In the fourth Balkenende government, from February 2007 to February 2010, Mr Timmermans was Minister for European Affairs. In 2010, Mr Timmermans returned to Parliament as the Labour Party's spokesperson on foreign policy.

On 5 November 2012, Mr Timmermans became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the second Rutte government. Two years later, on 1 November 2014, he became First Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for better regulation, interinstitutional relations, sustainable development, the rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.  Since 1 December 2019, he is the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Green Deal

Tomczak Aleksandra

Tomczak Aleksandra

Member of Cabinet of the Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, European Commission

Leaving no-one or no-region behind: addressing the challenges of industrial decarbonisation and Just Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Leaving no-one or no-region behind: addressing the challenges of industrial decarbonisation and Just Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Organiser: industriAll The EU is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, which has major implications for manufacturing sectors across the Continent. The EU is also committed to ensuring a just transition to carbon neutrality as laid out in the Paris Agreement and EU Green Deal. In Central and Eastern Europe, industrial transition cannot be disconnected from the deep energy transition underway. Industry in Eastern European countries is largely based on fossil fuels, the share of employment in energy-intensive sectors is particularly high, and GDP per capita comparatively lower than in other European countries. This puts the region in a different starting position from other EU regions and this needs to be taken into account when formulating EU policy. ‘One size fits all’ EU policies are unable to capture the challenges faced in the region. Policy coherence is vital between the EU’s Green Deal, revitalized industrial strategy, cohesion and regional policy, and employment and social policy. This workshop will build on a wider trade union initiative to help make sure that the EU’s COVID 19 recovery package and new budget drive a Just Transition and socially just Green Deal for all EU countries.

25 Feb 2021 | 10:45 - 12:15
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Tomczak Aleksandra

Member of Cabinet of the Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, European Commission