EU Leaders have voted for a woman leader for the post of the powerful EU Commission Chief position. Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen has bagged the nomination
Women for the first time have featured in the nomination list for leading the top bloc for EU (European Union) Commission. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen will most likely replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the European Commission Chief.
The EU Commission is the all-powerful executive bloc of the European Union.
EU Commission President is tasked with heading the executive branch, setting the policy agenda and controlling cabinet commissions.
As a German Government Official, Miss Leyen has been a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s core committee. She studied economics at London’s LSE and medicine in Hanover before entering the German political spectrum.
She has also been a member of the Conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) since 2005.
Ursula von der Leyen, if confirmed Chief will be the first woman to head the EU Commission.
It would also be the first time in more than 60 years since EU Commission formation that a German Official would be handed the post.
Apart from her, former IMF Chief Christine Lagarde of France was proposed as president of the European Central Bank.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after the declaration of Ursula von der Leyen as the potential EU Commission Chief, told the press that, “It is important that we were able to decide with great unity today, and that is important because it’s about our future ability to work.”
“That’s a very important statement that Europe leads on gender equality,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said after Ursula von der Leyen’s surprise nomination.