The European Commission has a new President. Meet Ursula Von der Leyen
On 16 July 2019, Ursula Von der Leyen was elected as the President of the European Commission (EC), the executive branch of the European Union. She won by a narrow margin of 9 votes – 383 out of the 733 votes. She will succeed Jean Claude Juncker, the current EC president, when he steps down from the position in end October this year.
Some of the current issues that the new EC President will have to look into are – economic, social and environmental reforms within the EU; she will have to build a good working rapport with United States of America especially with regard to trade and Brexit related issues.
Why is her election important?
She will be the European Commission’s first female president and also the first German President in over 50 years.
Who is she?
Ursula Von der Leyen was Germany’s first female defence minister. She held that position since 2013 and only stepped down recently. Before that, she was Germany’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (2009 – 2013) as well as Minister of Family Affairs and Youth (2005 – 2009).
Born on 8 October 1958, she is currently 60 years old. She is a trained physician and a mother of 7 children.
About the European Commission
The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union that looks after the daily affairs of the European Union. The Commissioners are appointed by the Council along with the European Parliament’s approval.
The EC President is in charge of the Commission which takes decisions pertaining to new laws that will be made within the European Union and ensuring that they are followed. The President is also the European Union’s (EU) representative abroad. The President is elected for a term of 5 years.
Written by: Preetika Soni. Preetika is a full – time toddler mommy. In the time that is left, she enjoys writing, photography and crochet. She has worked with NDTV, Mumbai and has taught at SCMSophia.