Ursula von der Leyen, the 60-year doctor and economist from Germany, became the new president of Europan Commission.
Her election was not decided for a long time as it required an absolute majority of the MEPs.
Support for her has been promised in the largest political group, the European People’s Party. The other two big groups, the Socialists (S&D) and the Liberals (Transform Europe) hesitated.
The new president will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker, the current President of the European Commission, on November 1st.
The leaders of other European Union bodies have already been selected.
The European Council will be led by the Belgian Charles Michel. Spain’s Josep Borrell will be EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs. The European Parliament will be led by the Italian David-Maria Sassoli. France’s Christine Lagarde will take care of the European Central Bank.
The European Commission decides on the European Union’s strategy, proposes new regulations and manages the EU budget, but also has an important task in developing help for countries.
It consists of 28 commissioners, one of whom is also a Slovenian. The candidates for this position from our country will be known on Thursday.
Points to Consider
- What is the first thing that comes to you mind when you hear the words European union?
- What are the strengths of European Union?
- Which is the most important political institution in your country?
The original version of this article was published on July 15th.