The European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for President of the European Commission, Manfred Weber, has called for a global treaty banning disposable plastics, as part of his 12-point plan for EU reform. In comments to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Weber said the current EU ban on single-use plastics was not enough, adding, “If we do not fight worldwide very quickly against littering the seas, the next generation will have immense problems.” Weber’s other campaign proposals include 5 million new jobs for young people across Europe, and bolstering the European Border and Coast Guard with at least 10,000 more guards by 2022.
Elsewhere, current European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Saturday that Angela Merkel would be “highly qualified” for a senior EU position once she steps down as German Chancellor.
Separately, one of the two co-candidates for the post of European Commission President from the European Left Party, Nico Cué, told Politico in an interview that the group supports the introduction of minimum wages across the EU, although he added that this should “reflect the different cost of life in Europe.” He also called for common European norms on unemployment benefits, health care and education, explaining, “We’ve had rules for the common monetary zone, and we also need a certain number of social norms.” Commenting on the ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ system to elect the European Commission President, Cué said, “In our times, with Brexit, with the rise of the extreme right, not choosing the Commission President among the Spitzenkandidaten would… be a bad signal to voters.”
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