STRASBOURG (Reuters) – Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday to change into the primary feminine European Fee president after she received over socialists and liberals along with her imaginative and prescient of a greener, fairer and rule-based Europe.
Elected European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech after a vote on her election on the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
Gaining the help of each teams, on prime of endorsement by her fellow conservatives, is anticipated to present her legitimacy, permitting her to deal with controversial points resembling local weather change, commerce and sustaining democracy within the bloc.
Rejection by the European legislature would have been a painful blow for the bloc, beset by challenges starting from commerce to Brexit and erosion of democratic norms, and a headache for EU leaders who must give you one other candidate in a month.
As head of the EU govt, von der Leyen will probably be in command of commerce negotiations, financial and local weather coverage for 500 million Europeans and antitrust rulings involving highly effective tech giants.
She secured 383 votes to 327 in opposition to, the speaker of the meeting, David Sassoli, stated. The brink was 374.
“The belief you positioned in me is confidence you positioned in Europe. Your confidence in a united and robust Europe, from east to west, from south to north,” the German conservative stated. “It’s a giant duty and my work begins now.”
“Allow us to work collectively constructively as a result of the endeavor is a united and robust Europe,” stated von der Leyen, who will take up her new position on November 1.
The liberal group Renew Europe and the Socialists and Democrats Group had earlier introduced help for the 60-year-old, who this week resigned as German protection minister, whatever the EU lawmakers’ resolution.
Earlier on Tuesday, von der Leyen set out her local weather targets, going additional than present targets, in a bid to persuade each socialists and liberals. She had already pledged the bold targets in letters to the 2 teams the day prior to this.
“Our most urgent problem is preserving our planet wholesome. That is the best duty and alternative of our occasions. I need Europe to change into the primary climate-neutral continent on the planet by 2050,” she advised EU lawmakers.
She added she would suggest a Inexperienced Deal for Europe in her first 100 days in workplace, flip elements of the European Funding Financial institution right into a Local weather Financial institution and introduce a Carbon Border Tax.
Von der Leyen promised to defend the rule of legislation, took intention at U.S. tech giants’ low tax invoice in Europe and stated she would replace EU-wide norms for tackling the migrant subject.
“We have to tackle the legit considerations of many and take a look at how we are able to overcome our variations,” she stated.
In her largest cross-party promise, von der Leyen provided to assist enable the chamber the suitable to suggest new laws – presently the Fee’s prerogative.
Extra reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Philip Blenkinsop and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels and Alexandra Regida and Peter Maushagen in Strasbourg; Enhancing by Andrew Cawthorne, William Maclean