“We will do it the European way”
On 16 July 2019 the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen the future President of the European Commission. She is the first woman to be President-elect of the European Commission.
A European by heart and by conviction, Ursula von der Leyen announced that she will focus on an ambitious climate agenda to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. She also committed to working closely with the European Parliament to strengthen democracy and a fair social market economy in Europe. Ursula von der Leyen also gave a very personal insight into her idea of Europe’s path amid global challenges: “We need to do it the European way”.
Ursula von der Leyen selected a team of Commissioners, based on candidates suggested by the Heads of State or Government. The new College of Commissioners and the principles of the new main working methods reflect the priorities set out in her political guidelines and speech.
The European Parliament has to give its consent to the new European Commission as a whole before the latter takes office.
Born in Brussels in 1958, Ursula von der Leyen is a doctor and was member of the German government from 2005 to 2019.