Or should he be fired? Stavros Dimas is the European Union Commissioner for Environment. He presided over the introduction of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). On his watch, billions of Euros worth of pollution rights were given away free of charge to coal-fired power plants, cements factories, and other highly polluting industries.
The EU ETS is the most important environmental initiative in Europe. It is not working. Either it is Stavros Dimas’ fault that it is not working, and he should be fired, or, if he doesn’t agree with what has been done to undermine the ETS (e.g. excessive grandfathering), he should resign. In any event, he shouldn’t stay.