The new EU Commission decision Ursel von der Leyen has estimated the costs of combating climate change during their term of office with one trillion euros. The money should come from the EU budget, the Member States and the private sector, said von der Leyen on ZDF. In the fight against climate change, it is important "that we show at European level that we can move forward". Europe is at the moment "role model worldwide".

The European Green Deal and digitization are the top themes of their commission, said von der Leyen. The Commissioner wants to make the European Union climate-neutral by 2050. In addition, she advocates a 50 to 55 percent cut in the greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990. In the summer, she had announced a "European plan for sustainable investment" in the amount of one trillion euros.

On Tuesday, Leyens spokesman had denied a media report, according to which she would spend by 2030 three trillion euros in addition to climate protection. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung had called the sum, citing an internal paper of the European Commission.

The new EU Commission was confirmed by the European Parliament on Wednesday with a one-month delay. The team's planned entry into office on 1 November had failed because the original candidates from France, Hungary and Romania had failed to serve as Commissioners at the hearings in the European Parliament.