Following the European Parliament’s endorsement of Ursula von der Leyen as the first female President of the European Commission, the President of the European People’s Party, Joseph Daul, welcomed the result and made the following statement:

“I could not be more proud of the first female European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for her clear and bold vision for the future of Europe. Her commitment to fairness, equality and security inspires us all to follow her leadership and build this shared future together.

I have known Ursula for many years and her European commitment, intelligence, empathy and her determination to deliver never ceased to amaze me. She has never been hesitant to take big leaps forward and the programme she presented today shows that. In fact, it is a programme that truly characterises her; fresh, daring and timely. It is a programme that is meant to serve our citizens, unite our union and move us forward.

On behalf of our political family, I extend to Ursula in this new role, my sincere congratulations and wish her the best of luck in building her team. In the meantime, I look forward to working together to defend our shared vision and continue placing Europe at the service of our people. I am confident that the von der Leyen Commission will meet the aspirations of the European citizens, will answer their concerns and deliver a strong Europe that will protect us all,” concluded EPP President Joseph Daul.