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Jacqueline Cremers, Lena Lindström, Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez, Alexey Kozlov, Monika Vana, Steve Emmott, Monica Frassoni, Philippe Lamberts, Annalena Bärbock,
At the 11th Council Meeting of the European Green Party in Malmo, Sweden, a new committee, including the Co-Spokespersons and Secretary General has been elected. Philippe Lamberts, MEP for the Begian French-Speaking Green Party, Ecolo, has been re-elected Male Spokesperson while Monica Frassoni, former Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, has been elected as the Female Spokesperson. Jacqueline Cremers, from the Dutch Party, GroenLinks, has been elected Secretary General. Six other new Committee Members (***) from all over Europe were also elected.
EGP Co-Spokesperson Philippe Lamberts said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue the work I began 3 years ago as Co-Spokesperson and look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. I would like to thank my former Co-Spokesperson, Austrian Green MEP Ulrike Lunacek and former Secretary General, Juan Behrend and all the other former Committee Members, for their great co-operation over the past 3 years. I very much look forward to working with the new Female Co-Spokesperson Monica Frassoni, the new Secretary General Jacqueline Cremers and the rest of the new committee. I am confident that we can continue to build on our success in the recent European elections, strengthen Green Parties in the many Eastern and Southern European countries where we are not represented in the National or European Parliaments, and make even more progress in ensuring that Green ideas and policies will be the driving political force of the 21st Century. This council in Malmö was also very important because of the lively and useful discussions and debates that we had on the lessons to be learnt from the recent Common European election Campaign, how best to get our message across that the real solutions to the twin threats posed by climate change and the economic crisis are contained in our proposal for a comprehensive and ambitious Green New Deal.”
Newly elected EGP Co-Spokesperson Monica Frassoni said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been elected Co-spokesperson of the European Green Party. It will be an exciting challenge to build on the excellent work of my predecessor, Ulrike Lunacek, in making the European Green Party an even more effective political party. Along with my Co-Spokesperson, Philippe Lamberts, Secretary General, Jacqueline Cremers and the other members of the new committee, one of our main tasks will be to consolidate and improve on the good performance we had in many countries in the recent European elections, while finding ways of electing national and European Members of Parliament in those Eastern and Southern Countries where we have either never managed to make an electoral breakthrough or where our electoral success has waned in recent years. I hope, for example, to be able to help my own party, the Italian Greens, to regain seats in both the National and European Parliaments.”
Newly elected EGP Secretary General Jacqueline Cremers said: “I am very happy to have the opportunity to contribute to building a stronger European Green Party as well as further developing common European Green politics in my new role as EGP Secretary General. I am honoured that the EGP member parties have entrusted me with this responsibility and I will work hard to serve them. I would like to thanks the outgoing Secretary General Juan Behrend, for all his dedication and tireless hard work over the past three years. I would also like to thank the other candidate in this election, Ari Heikkinen, for all his enthusiasm and generosity.” The new Secretary General went on to say that she has been proud to be a European Green for many years and is looking forward to bringing her many years of political and organisational experience to the role of Secretary General. As Secretary General, she will be having a constant and open dialogue with the EGP member parties so that the EGP can better serve their needs and make sure that no corner of Europe is left without strong and effective Green representation at all levels of politics, from local councils and municipalities to Regional, National and European Parliaments.
On Saturday 17th October, the EGP Council participants travelled to Copenhagen where they took part in a colourful action to express our demands for the upcoming COP15 climate change talks in Copenhagen. A life ring was placed around the neck of the famous statue of the Little Mermaid to symbolise rising sea levels, just one of the catastrophic threats posed by climate change. The EGP resolution on COP15 was also presented to Ida Auken, who is the Parliamentary Spokesperson on the Environment for the EGP’s observer party in Denmark, SF, who will in turn present the resolution to the Danish Climate Minister, Connie Hedegaard, the host of the COP15 Summit. The EGP Council also passed resolutions on various topics ranging from Green demands for the crucial climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December to Green solutions to the current crisis in milk farming. These resolutions will be available on the www.europeangreens.eu website as of Monday 19th October.
NOTES FOR EDITORS: *** The newly elected Committee of the European Green Party has the following members: Monica Frassoni, Co-Spokesperson Italy Philippe Lamberts Co-Spokesperson (Belgium) Jacqueline Cremers, Secretary General (the Netherlands) Lena Lindström, Treasurer (Sweden) Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez (France) Annalena Bärbock (Germany) Alexey Kozlov (Russia) Steve Emmott ( UK:England & Wales) Monika Vana (Austria)