The new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, took up her duties on Sunday.
At a plenary meeting held on November 27, Ursula von der Leyen has won support for the make-up of her new commission by the Members of European Parliament.
Speaking at the meeting, Ursula von der Leyen noted that the Commission’s agenda for the next 5 years will include the fight against climate change, the sustainable use of funds, immigration issues, agriculture and biodiversity, and the fight against cancer.
Ursula von der Layen added that European Green Deal will help to reduce emissions into the atmosphere, while creating jobs.
“It is a generational transition towards climate neutrality by mid-century,” she told the MEPs. “Europe is already leading the way. The European Union will mainstream climate financing throughout its budget, but also throughout capital markets and the entire investment chain.”
During the speech, Ursula von der Leyen focused on the potential of the European economy.
“We need to rely on what makes us strong: our single market, our single currency,” said Ms. von der Leyen.
The new EC President also gave statement at an event to mark the start of the mandate of the new College of Commissioners on Sunday.
“Europe is changing fast. Our responsibility is to accompany such change,” the new President noted. “To leave no one behind. To be a champion for our fellow Europeans – with their dreams and aspirations.”
Ms. von der Leyen raised seven children and worked as a medical doctor before becoming a full-time politician in late 1990’s. She is also the first woman to hold the office of German Defence minister.
The 61-year-old Ursula von der Leyen will head the European Commission, executive branch of the European Union, until 2024.