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New Energy and Climate Commissioner Miguel Cañete has defended his credentials to take the job, at his first appearance before reporters at the European Commission.
His appointment sparked protests from campaigners and MEPs. A Stop Cañete online petition attracted nearly 600,000 signatories in less than a week.
Cañete’s critics point to his links with the oil industry, characterising him as an oil baron with a family fortune in fossil fuel. He says he has sold all his shares in oil companies.
MEPs backed Cañete’s appointment in October after a deal between the European People’s Party and the Socialists.
Cañete was giving a statement on an international climate conference in Lima.
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