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France: Von der Leyen seeks backing ahead of vote on EU’s top job

1 246 16.07.2019 Инфо

W/S Interior of European Parliament, Strasbourg
M/S European Commission president nominee Ursula von der Leyen arriving
M/S Von der Leyen taking seat
M/S MEPs applauding
*MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president nominee: "With the feeling of losing control, of looser ties with our communities, none of these challenges will go away. But there have been different ways to react to these trends. Some are turning towards authoritarian regimes, some are buying the global influence and creating dependencies by investing in ports and roads, and others are turning towards protectionism. None of these options are for us. We want multilateralism. We want fair trade.We want to defend the rules-based order because we know it is better for all of us. We have to do it the European way."
W/S MEPs
*MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president nominee: "We must first rediscover our unity. If we are united on the inside nobody will divide us from the outside. If we close the gaps between us, we can turn tomorrow's challenges in tomorrow's opportunities. Honourable members, our most pressing challenge is keeping our planet healthy. This is the greatest responsibility and opportunity of our times. I want Europe to become the first climate neutral continent in the world by 2050."
W/S MEPs applauding
*MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president nominee: "I will start at home by example. I will ensure full gender equality in my college of commissioners. If member states do not propose enough female commissioners, I will not hesitate to ask for new names. Since 1958 there have been 183 commissioners, only 35 were women. that is less, less, than 20 percent. We represent half of our population, we want our fair share."
M/S Von der Leyen speaking
*MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president nominee: "The Withdrawal agreement concluded with the government of the United Kingdom provides certainty where Brexit created uncertainty, in preserving the rights of citizens and in preserving peace and stability on the island of Ireland. These two priorities are mine too. However, I stand ready for further extension of the withdrawal date should more time be required for a good reason." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
W/S MEPs
SOT, Ursula von der Leyen, Nominee to lead the European Commission: "In any case, the United Kingdom will remain our ally, our partner and our friend."
M/S Von der Leyen speaking at EU Parliament, Strasbourg
SCRIPT
The European Commission president nominee Ursula von der Leyen called for more unity within the bloc at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. She spoke ahead of a vote which will decide if she becomes the first woman to take the EU's top job.
Von Der Leyen said a united position would help the EU members to face challenges posed by populism and authoritarian tendencies. "We want multilateralism. We want fair trade. We defend the rules-based order because we know it is better for all of us. We have to do it the European way", said Von der Leyen.
The nominee called fighting climate change the most pressing global challenge and said that her goal was to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050.
Von der Leyen also pledged to make gender equality mandatory in the European Parliament. "If member states do not propose enough female commissioners, I will not hesitate to ask for new names. Since 1958 there have been 183 commissioners, only 35 were women. that is less, less, than 20 percent. We represent half of our population, we want our fair share", she said.
Referring to the Brexit process, Von Der Leyen announced she would back an extension to the UK's withdrawal from the EU if it's justified. She stressed that Britain will remain the bloc's ally and friend.
Von der Leyen, who was nominated earlier this month by EU leaders, will need 374 votes to get the top post in the vote later on Tuesday.