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Ursula von der Leyen makes final pledges to secure EU's top job (full speech, in English)





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Published on Jul 16, 2019

The European Union's nominee to head the European Commission, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, addresses members of the European Parliament, who will later vote on whether they approve her as EU executive's new leader.

The Commission president-in-waiting requires the support of at least 376 MEPs, so set about trying to please individual political blocs in the Parliament.

She pledged to make the EU climate neutral by 2050 in a bid to secure the backing of the European Greens and to finalise the so-called "monetary union" in order to please those wanting for fiscal powers in Brussels.

In a bid to win the socialist vote, she offered a Europe-wide unemployment benefit to protect the EU's citizens against the next economic "shock" to the bloc.

As the first female European Commission president, Ms von der Leyen vowed to make gender equality mandatory across the EU's other top jobs.

In leaked letters to the leaders of two of the EU parliament’s main political groups, Ursula von der Leyen, who was nominated two weeks ago by the heads of state and government for the top EU post, has sought to win over critical left-leaning MEPs at the risk of alienating some on the right.

The German defence minister’s candidacy is facing opposition from the Social Democrats (SPD) in her own country, the greens and the hard left, among others, in the vote on Tuesday evening in which she needs to secure an absolute majority to become the first ever female commission president.


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