Ursula von der Leyen, the future president of the European Commission expressed readiness to build “good working relation” with newly elected by Conservatives British Prime minister Boris Johnson. During her visit to Paris she sad that is hopeful to reach an outcome good for both sides of the Channel, however she did not mention the word “Brexit”, talking in more general terms about “challenging times”.
Michel Barnier (picutred) the EU top Brexit negociator wrote his Twitter micro blog that he is looking forward to working constructively with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to “facilitate the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement” he also expressed intention to achieve an “orderly Brexit“. (Image: archive).
“We are ready also to rework the agreed Declaration on a new partnership in line with EUCO guidelines”, he added.
Italy Deputy Prime minister Matteo Salvini has expressed his concern about the election by the European Parliament of Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president.
“We saw a president of the European Commission indicated by Merkel and backed by Macron, Renzi and Berlusconi and the 5-Stars, leaning very far to the left on some issues like economic growth and border control, we are concerned,” Salvini said.
“She passed by nine votes, it’s as if in Italy there was a PD-FI-M5S government, what change does she represent? “I’m proud of the coherence and loyalty shown by the MEPs of the League (in not voting for her” he added.
On July 10 Ursula von der Leyen, the ultimate candidate for the European Commission presidency, had an exchange of views with MEPs in the European Parliament Brussels, a crucial test before the vote in Strasbourg Plenary next week.
To succeed Jean-Claude Juncker on November 1, this close associate of Chancellor Angela Merkel, a member of the conservatives party CDU, must convince the MEPs she is right candidate to become Prime minister of Europe replacing her unfortunate predecessor leading candidate of European Peoples party EPP Manfred Weber.
Von der Leyen must obtain an absolute majority in Parliament, winning 374 votes (given the absence of three elected Catalan). However, outcome is uncertain as the EU leaders appointed it on 2 July at a three-day crisis European summit, a surprise candidates presented instead of politicians put forward by parties. However rejection of her candidacy will create a protracted political crisis, unlikely scenario to be chosen by MEPs as an option in a power wrestling between EU institutions.
After the hearing the candidate made a statement for press vowing to answer the citizens needs with more Europe in providing jobs, perspective, stability and security. She also promised to insure minimum salary in every member-state, support of SME in transition period for Climate Action, putting the issue on the top of her priorities. Last but not least was the international engagement of the EU across globe, which she presumed world expects from EU.
“Delighted to welcome von der Leyen with open arms to the European Commission today. A true European, we are on the same page when it comes to speaking up for interests” wrote incumbent president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in his Twitter micro blog.
Von der Leyen appeared as a “surprise” candidate, after leading candidate Manfred Weber was rejected by the Eastern European member-states. Her candidacy for the Commission president was endorsed by all EU leaders apart from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who abstained because her domestic coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), refused to support her candidacy.
If endorsed by the European Parliament, von der Leyen would become the first woman to ascend the European Union’s top post.
There was a word that Juncker was not impressed by choice of Martin Weber for top job, however he never opposed him publicly.
Ursul von der Leyen, endorsed by the EU leaders for European Commission president had a meeting with the European People’s Party MEPs in camera at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on July 3. She also made a press statement, explaining that the cooperation among EU insitutuions will be her proportion in case her candidacy is approved by the Europarliament.
Von der Leyen met with the newly elected president of the European Parliament Socialist David Sassoli, however the exchanged of view has not been revealed.