This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Belgium: Von der Leyen meets with MEPs in bid to become EU Commission chief01:31

Belgium: Von der Leyen meets with MEPs in bid to become EU Commission chief

Belgium, Brussels
July 10, 2019 at 18:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

The European People's Party (EPP) candidate to lead the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, met with European lawmakers in Brussels on Wednesday as part of her bid to win support for her candidacy.

Footage shows von der Leyen attending the meeting with MEPs from the European Parliament's Green, Socialist and free-market centrist groupings.

Von der Leyen, who currently serves as Germany's defence minister, reportedly vowed to put the fight against climate change, the protection of the rule of law and competitiveness at the core of her five-year mandate, while speaking to the MEPs.

She also commented that the EU is based on the principle of the rule of law, and it needs to show unity and more assertiveness on the global stage, as well as stressing her commitment to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050 and the need to have an equal share of men and women as European commissioners.

The candidate also mentioned Brexit, saying that the deal negotiated by outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the bloc was a good one and urging British lawmakers to come to a solution.

Von der Leyen, who faces the EU parliament vote on her candidacy next week, needs to win an absolute majority of 376 votes in the 751-member parliament to be appointed.

Belgium: Von der Leyen meets with MEPs in bid to become EU Commission chief01:31
Pool for subscribers only
No Account? Sign up!
Description

The European People's Party (EPP) candidate to lead the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, met with European lawmakers in Brussels on Wednesday as part of her bid to win support for her candidacy.

Footage shows von der Leyen attending the meeting with MEPs from the European Parliament's Green, Socialist and free-market centrist groupings.

Von der Leyen, who currently serves as Germany's defence minister, reportedly vowed to put the fight against climate change, the protection of the rule of law and competitiveness at the core of her five-year mandate, while speaking to the MEPs.

She also commented that the EU is based on the principle of the rule of law, and it needs to show unity and more assertiveness on the global stage, as well as stressing her commitment to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050 and the need to have an equal share of men and women as European commissioners.

The candidate also mentioned Brexit, saying that the deal negotiated by outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the bloc was a good one and urging British lawmakers to come to a solution.

Von der Leyen, who faces the EU parliament vote on her candidacy next week, needs to win an absolute majority of 376 votes in the 751-member parliament to be appointed.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
05:33
Meet Grimsby teacher Zane delivering packed meals to children amid UK lockdownMeet Grimsby teacher Zane delivering packed meals to children amid UK lockdown
January 21, 2021 at 07:32 GMT +00:00
02:59
Iraq: Baghdad residents light candles for victims at scene of double suicide bombingIraq: Baghdad residents light candles for victims at scene of double suicide bombing
January 22, 2021 at 04:03 GMT +00:00
04:46
Mesmerizing scenes as pink flamingos rest on lagoon in Turkey's IzmirMesmerizing scenes as pink flamingos rest on lagoon in Turkey's Izmir
January 22, 2021 at 07:36 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:16
USA: Biden admin to seek 5 year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia - WH press sec PsakiUSA: Biden admin to seek 5 year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia - WH press sec Psaki
January 22, 2021 at 01:43 GMT +00:00
02:21
Pakistan: Thousands attend mass anti-Israel rally in KarachiPakistan: Thousands attend mass anti-Israel rally in Karachi
January 22, 2021 at 06:25 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:32
USA: 'We've accomplished a lot' - Trump remarks as he departs White HouseUSA: 'We've accomplished a lot' - Trump remarks as he departs White House
January 20, 2021 at 16:00 GMT +00:00
05:25
Need for speed - South African teen builds own car from scrap metal and spare partsNeed for speed - South African teen builds own car from scrap metal and spare parts
January 19, 2021 at 15:13 GMT +00:00
04:40
World's tallest swing ride open for business at Bollywood Parks in DubaiWorld's tallest swing ride open for business at Bollywood Parks in Dubai
January 22, 2021 at 14:30 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:47
Belgium: EU to impose new travel restrix on 'dark red' COVID zones - VDLBelgium: EU to impose new travel restrix on 'dark red' COVID zones - VDL
January 22, 2021 at 01:00 GMT +00:00
02:19
UK: Birmingham mosque becomes COVID vaccination centre for most vulnerableUK: Birmingham mosque becomes COVID vaccination centre for most vulnerable
January 21, 2021 at 21:52 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:29
Russia: Navalny arrives at Moscow region police dept for court hearing *ARCHIVE*Russia: Navalny arrives at Moscow region police dept for court hearing *ARCHIVE*
January 21, 2021 at 20:48 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:01
Argentina: Alberto Fernandez gets Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccineArgentina: Alberto Fernandez gets Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
January 21, 2021 at 20:29 GMT +00:00
04:10
X Games here I come! Watch 7 y/o Vasilisa from Moscow performing snowboarding tricks & breaking recordsX Games here I come! Watch 7 y/o Vasilisa from Moscow performing snowboarding tricks & breaking records
January 22, 2021 at 07:54 GMT +00:00
02:55
Italy: Palermo cemetery stores coffins in tent as hundreds await burial amid backlogItaly: Palermo cemetery stores coffins in tent as hundreds await burial amid backlog
January 22, 2021 at 02:35 GMT +00:00
04:42
Argentina: Health workers begin receiving second dose of Russian Sputnik V vaccineArgentina: Health workers begin receiving second dose of Russian Sputnik V vaccine
January 21, 2021 at 19:43 GMT +00:00
00:20
Russia: Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh jailed for nine days Russia: Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh jailed for nine days
January 22, 2021 at 10:59 GMT +00:00
02:50
Cuba: Health institute aims to produce 100 million doses of native 'Soberana' COVID vaccineCuba: Health institute aims to produce 100 million doses of native 'Soberana' COVID vaccine
January 22, 2021 at 05:28 GMT +00:00
04:40
On top of the world! See visitors enjoy ride in world's tallest outdoor lift in ChinaOn top of the world! See visitors enjoy ride in world's tallest outdoor lift in China
January 19, 2021 at 10:29 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:39
Switzerland: WHO Chief Tedros 'glad' Biden and US 'staying in family'Switzerland: WHO Chief Tedros 'glad' Biden and US 'staying in family'
January 21, 2021 at 17:24 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:37
USA: Biden unveils COVID strategy plan based on 'science not politics'USA: Biden unveils COVID strategy plan based on 'science not politics'
January 21, 2021 at 21:10 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:48
Germany: 'We must prevent third wave' - healthcare officials support stricter COVID measuresGermany: 'We must prevent third wave' - healthcare officials support stricter COVID measures
January 22, 2021 at 15:19 GMT +00:00
View all videos