Updated: Watch: von der Leyen’s EC President nomination approved by EP

Christoph Schwaiger

Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the new President of the European Commission on Tuesday evening.

Speaking briefly right after the results of the vote were announced, von der Leyen said that her message to all those present was: “Let us work together constructively”.

During her first press conference after the confirmation of her nomination, von der Leyen said that the past 15 days were the most intensive ones out of her entire political career. The press conference was done in the hall named after the slain Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Von der Leyen said that she wants Europe to move forward during the next five years. She said that she would like to see an environmentally friendly continent which also respects the law. She will now be focusing on her work programme. She also said that she will be asking Europe’s leaders to nominate the best possible candidates to become the EU’s next commissioners.

MEPs started voting at around 6 pm for von der Leyen who sought the European Parliament’s approval to take on the role of President of the Commission.

Late in the afternoon, the S&D Group announced that it will be supporting von der Leyen’s nomination.

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Earlier today, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen addressed MEPs in Strasbourg who had the opportunity to also make their remarks.

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Role of the President of the European Commission

According to the EP, the Commission President plays a crucial role in relations between Parliament and Commission. Presenting his or her priorities to Parliament prior to election sets the course for the whole term, on which the President will be called to account by Parliament. Building on this, Parliament has an increasingly prominent role in political agenda-setting, shaping the EU’s legislative programming together with the Commission and the Council.

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