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By FRANCESCO GATTIGLIO

A M C A E U R O P E U P D AT E

HVAC in the EU Post-Parliamentary Election 2019
The European Union
(EU) is facing many
challenges-the withdrawal of the United
Kingdom in the political event known
as Brexit, migration and integration
issues, the rise of populists, societal
inequality, climate change-which
raised the stakes for the 2019 European
Parliament election held May 23-26.
With some relevant exceptions
(Italy, above all), the expected populist earthquake did not happen. Populist and Eurosceptic parties increased
their votes only marginally, while
the centre-right European People's

Flags of European Union member states wave outside the European
Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium. symbiot/Shutterstock

Party (EPP) and centre-left Progressive
Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as

policy and climate policy, for instance,

(S&D) remain the two key groups. The

president of the European Commis-

are likely to play important and inter-

EPP and the S&D, however, will need

sion. Following intense closed-door

twined roles. Since the February Euro-

the support of other groups to form a

negotiations during which the leaders

pean Commission decision to block

majority. The Alliance of Liberals and

of the EU's 28 member countries

the merger of Siemens and Alstom

Democrats and the European Green

refused to accept any of the official

out of concern for competition in the

Party are ready to step in, after consid-

candidates, German Defence Minister

European railway industry, actors from

erably increasing their representation

Ursula von der Leyen was nominated.

different sides of the political spectrum

in Parliament.

Little known outside of Germany, von

have been calling for renewed effort

In the wake of the European Parlia-

der Leyen, 60, became the first woman

to develop a coherent and ambitious

ment election, attention turned to who

elected to lead the European Commis-

EU industrial strategy. Calls for "green

sion-receiving just

new deals" also are likely to come into

nine votes above the

play, with the development of policies

necessary absolute

supporting green, sustainable (and

majorit y- on July

possibly European) products. Busi-

16. She will begin

nesses will need incentives to continue

her five-year term on

along this path, creating new business

Nov. 1.

models to accelerate the greening of

If we look at the

Ursula von der Leyen briefs the press in Brussels,
Belgium, July 10, 2019. Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock

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20 19 A M CA i n m o t i o n

the economy.

makeup of the next

The new European Commission

European Parliament,

undoubtedly will propose several legis-

we can identify major

lative initiatives impacting the HVAC

t rends. Indust r ia l

sector, and, of course, the political

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