– The rule of law is a universal value that applies to all of us – said the candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in a speech to the European Parliament. The vote to see if she is accepted as President of the Commission is scheduled for the evening. Submit the debate in the European Parliament on TVN24 BiS.
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The European Parliament's procedure began at 9 am following the speech by Ursula von der Leyen, and then the debate on her candidacy took place. The vote is scheduled for 18.00 clock.
Shortly before the beginning of the speech, Leyen welcomed some MEPs in the front row and talked with them and with EP leader David Sassoli, who chaired the meeting. The whole thing delayed the beginning of the meeting.
The German began her speech in French, recalling that Simone Veil was elected head of the European Parliament exactly 40 years ago. – 40 years later, I am very proud that the woman is ultimately a candidate for the presidency of the European Commission – she stressed with thunderous applause. – The courage of pioneers like Simone Veil is at the heart of my vision of Europe – she added
– If we want to take the European path, we must regain unity in all of us – appealed to the European Parliament candidate for the presidency Among other things, the European Commission
asked the Leyen Note that "the whole world faces great challenges that also affect Europe". The German has mentioned the demographic change, globalization of the global economy and climate change in this city.
"Green Order for Europe"
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– The biggest challenge is to make sure our planet is healthy. I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 – noted von der Leyen.
To make this possible, the EU must take courageous steps. – Limiting emissions by 40 percent by 2030 is not enough. We must do more, act more decisively – said von der Leyen, stressing that emissions must be cut by as much as 55 percent. She pointed out that the EU would conduct international negotiations to deepen its climate aspirations.
The candidate for the EU Heads position announced that she would present a "Green Deal for Europe" and a proposal for EU Climate Law during the first 100 days of her mandate, which would include climate targets for 2050.
– Public funds are not enough, I will propose a sustainable investment plan. Among them is the EIB (European Investment Bank) – von der Leyen. She also stressed that he would propose a system for taxing CO2 emissions. At the same time, she announced that this transformation must be fair. – I will propose a fund for just transformation that will help those who need it. We will not leave anyone alone. This is a European approach – stressed the German
"Our duty is to save people who drown"
. The head of the German Ministry of Defense also addressed the migration crisis. As she said, over the past five years, thousands of migrants have died in the Mediterranean. – Our duty is to save people who drown – she said.
Von der Leyen announced to propose a new pact for migration and asylum. She pointed out that the European Union must reduce illegal immigration, fight the smugglers, protect the right to asylum and improve the situation of the refugees.
– Where the difficulties are greatest, one needs solidarity – said the candidate for the President of the EC. "We have to share these burdens," she emphasized.
I was born in Brussels and became European even before I learned German and lived in Lower Saxony. That is why one of the most important things for me is to unite and strengthen Europe. Anyone who wants to strengthen, blossom, grow with me in Europe can count on me as a dedicated warrior. But whoever wants to weaken this Europe and make it worthless meets an unyielding enemy.
Ursula von der Leyen
An appeal to remove barriers to the single market.
Von der Leyen also talked about economic and social issues. She advocated the removal of barriers to the single market, support for small businesses, families and young people and children.
As emphasized in her speech to MEPs, we need to ensure that the reforms are implemented in the Member States, but that economic governance in the European Union requires new directions for them to be sustainable.
Von Leyen said she wanted fair taxation and that large companies can not use the system, they make profits, but they actually pay no taxes. Speaking of justice, the German woman advocated the introduction of a minimum wage that is not necessarily the same in the EU and would allow a full-time worker to live a decent life. – Families of hardworking people have difficulty making ends meet – regrets.
Von der Leyen also said that we must address the youngest. She pointed out that as a mother of seven, she knows that access to education, sports and music can change her life. Therefore, every child in the EU must have the right to access basic services such as health and education.
"Justice is blind "
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A German woman has announced that there will be no compromise on respect for the rule of law. "I will not let it," she said. She stressed that Europeans have been fighting for freedom for many years and that the rule of law is the best way to protect that freedom.
Von der Leyen added that it would ensure that the instruments of the rule of law are fully implemented at European level. – I fully support the European rule of law mechanism. This instrument will complement the existing ones, she emphasized.
The candidate stressed that the EC will always be the guardian of the contract. – Justice is blind, it protects the rule of law where it gets hurt. The rule of law is a universal value that applies to all of us – said von der Leyen.
"Uniting and strengthening Europe"
The German woman also spoke in the European Parliament about the challenges for European security and defense policy. – NATO will always be the foundation of the defense. The transatlantic dimension is preserved. That's why we created the European Union of Defense – said von der Leyen.
In order to make EU foreign policy more effective, the decision must be taken by qualified majority.
At the end of her speech in the EP, the German appealed to all Europeans for change in the EU. "I was born in Brussels and became European before I even learned German and lived in Lower Saxony, so one of the most important things for me is to unite and strengthen Europe, who wants to strengthen this Europe, make it blossom, let it grow relying on me as a dedicated warrior, but whoever wants to weaken this Europe, rob it of its value, will find in me an unyielding enemy, "von der Leyen said.
"The United EPP will support Ursul von der Leyen"
Speakers of the political groups intervened following the speech of the candidate for the EU Presidency
The leader of the German People's Party, Manfred Weber, said his compatriot share the European values of the Group, "therefore the united EPP will support Ursula von der Leyen" – he stressed. He added that Europe needs stability. – That is why we supported David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament. Today, we expect other Ursul von der Leyen to support the European Commission – said the MEP.
A negative vote will be announced by Eurosceptics from the Group Identity and Democracy, Greens and the Group of the European United Left (GUE).
The Green Chief Philippe Lamberts stated that the speech of the Leyen is a step forward, but his group is disappointed. As he added, the Germans do not meet their expectations.
own citizens – said Nigel Farage to the deputies. The President of the Brexit Party spoke on behalf of non-members of the European Parliament.
When the Briton spoke of Brexit, he said, "Thank God, we are leaving this place."
Vote Deputy Chief The Eurosceptic faction of identity and democracy, Jörg Meuthen, also announced against the candidacy of Germany.
Social Democrats make their decision dependent on answering more specific Ask. Let's renew Europe and the European Conservatives and Reformers.
– We are responsible to the citizens who have trusted us. That's why we want to act responsibly. We want to make sure that we can create a project for all Europeans in another five years – said the leader of the Socialist and Democratic Group (S & D) Iratxe Garcia during the debate in Strasbourg. "We do not want an institutional crisis and a further delay in the changes that Europe needs, but we need guarantees that Europe will decide on appropriate solutions in the coming years," she said.
Group leader Renew Europe Dacian Ciolos spoke in a similar vein, emphasizing that his group wanted to be sure that the EU would make progress. – We can not disappoint millions of Europeans who said yes to Europe. They expect the rule of law to be undoubtedly protected, we can not disappoint the young people who voted for us – politicians pointed out.
Your decision The European Conservatives and Reformers have not announced this either. Co-leader of this group, Raffaele Fittowy, recalled the Leyen debate on the rejection of the candidacy of Beata Szydło on Monday as chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. He announced that the group's decision to support the German woman would be taken later.
According to the statements of the group leaders The vote was again recorded by Ursula von der Leyen
Election of the head of the European Commission
The European Parliament approves the new president of the EC by an absolute majority – half of the euro members plus one vote. The European Parliament has 751 members, but currently only 747 people are present and four seats are vacant.
This means that of the Leyen needed 374 votes to take over the leadership of the European Commission.
The collection of these votes is not all the more obvious that in the opinion of some observers, it is the best thing for the candidate after last week's hearings of factions that did not take place. Violins, the extreme left (GUE) and some socialists can vote against von der Leyen.
The European People's Party showed strong support, but has 182 MPs. Over the past few days, she has been fighting for the support of 153 Socialists and 108 Liberals from the Renew Europe as the head of the German Ministry of Defense. 
No matter …
The problem for von der Leyen could turn out to be a member of the Brexit party and members of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), which has representatives of law and justice.
Negative support for MEPs from the ECR could be influenced by the vote on Monday for the head of the Commission for Employment and Social Affairs in the EP, in which the candidacy of the conservative candidate – Beata Szydło – was again rejected
. The previous vote was also not respected in relation to our group, tomorrow, this agreement must not be met. As it will be, we will see – said European MEP Beata Mazurek (PiS) on Monday.
According to Reuters, if the MPs rejected Ursula von der Leyen's candidacy, it would be a serious blow to the community She faced numerous problems: the Eurozone debt crisis, Britain's Brexit decision and growing support for Eurosceptic parties.
It would also be another challenge for the EU leaders and a compromise in the European Council that would lead to the candidacy of the Leyens. If the German woman does not achieve the required majority, the Member States (the European Council by qualified majority) must propose another candidate within one month.
Author: momo mtom
Source: Reuters, TVN24, PAP