The high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, again apologized today for his recent statements in which he said he doubted that the young people who manifest themselves are aware of the sacrifices they will have to make to reverse the climate crisis
Borrell delivered the controversial words on day 5 during the presentation in Brussels of a book by the Spanish Foreign Minister and MEP José Manuel García-Margallo, an act in which the head of community diplomacy spoke of a “Greta syndrome”, in reference to the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
“I have just returned from my trip to the United States and I want to apologize to anyone who may have been offended by my inappropriate references to the important youth movement that fights climate change,” the head of community diplomacy wrote on his Twitter profile after Returning from a visit to Washington in which, among others, he met with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
Borrell, a member of a European Commission that has made the energy transition to a carbon-free economy its hallmark, has already turned to the same social network on Friday to apologize, given the controversy.
“Youth movements to fight against climate change have my full support and inspire politicians and societies. Climate change is one of the biggest geopolitical challenges, we cannot afford the cost of inaction,” Borrell said on Twitter.
In a second message, he added that in order to be “successful” it is also necessary to face “the economic and social costs of the transition through the Fair Transition Mechanism” prepared by the European Commission to support the change in the energy model.
Along with that comment, he attached a text he published on December 12, coinciding with the COP25 climate summit in Madrid in which he defended the need to fight against the climate crisis from a globalist perspective to form a “great collective action”.
However, last day 5 said that “it is okay to go out to demonstrate until they ask you to contribute to pay”, in reference to the marches of recent months.
“I would like to know if the young people who go out to demonstrate in Berlin are aware of what these measures are worth and if they are willing to lower their standard of living to subsidize Polish miners,” he added.
The head of the European diplomacy and Spanish former Foreign Minister ironically referred to this phenomenon as the “Greta syndrome”
“I do not think that the ‘Greta syndrome’ has been defined as a medical condition yet,” said EC chief spokesman Eric Mamer yesterday at the institution’s daily press conference, in which he stressed that the college of commissioners “entirely” supports the climate policy of the Commission.
Also the vice president of the Government of Spain and Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, referred to the controversy and, attached on Twitter a newspaper article that gave an account of Borrell’s intervention and said that “young people are increasingly aware of the highest cost of not acting against climate change. “