Von der Leyen wants a stronger Europe in the world

BRUSSELS, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen announced Tuesday the distribution of portfolios to Commissioners-designate.

“Today I am grateful to present my well-balanced, agile and modern Commission that is led with determination, clearly focused on the issues at hand and provides answer,” she told a press conference presenting the portfolios.

“I want a stronger Europe in the world. I want Europe to be the exporter of knowledge, technologies and best practice,” she stressed. “This team will shape the European Way: we will take bold action against climate change, build our partnership with the United States, define our relations with a more self-assertive China and be a reliable neighbour, for example to Africa,” said von der Leyen. She said that NATO will be there for “collective defence” but stressed that “the EU will never be a military alliance.” On 16 July the European Parliament elected the former German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as the future President of the European Commission. She is the first woman to be President-elect of the European Commission.

Born in Brussels in 1958, Ursula von der Leyen is a doctor by profession and was member of the German government from 2005 to 2019.

All 28 EU members with the exception of the UK put forward a candidate for the new European Commission.

The United Kingdom didn’t put forward a candidate as it expects to have left the European Union on 31 October.

The new European Commission will begin work from 1 November.

The new EU’s executive body will have eight Vice-Presidents, including the High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Josep Borrell and three Executive Vice-Presidents.

“The Vice-Presidents are responsible for the top priorities in the Political Guidelines.

They will steer our work on the most important overarching issues, such as the European Green Deal, a Europe fit for the digital age, an economy that works for people, protecting our European way of life, a stronger Europe in the world and a new push for European democracy,” noted von der Leyen.

Jutta Urpilainen of Finland will take over responsibility for ‘International Partnerships’.

As a next step, the European Parliament has to give its consent to all Commissioners-designate, including the EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

This is preceded by hearings of the Commissioners-designate in the relevant European Parliamentary committees.

Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the European Council formally appoints the European Commission.

Source: Kuwait News Agency