EU Commission president nominee Ursula von der Leyen gives speech

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乌尔苏拉·冯德莱恩7月16日在欧洲议会全体会议上当选新一届欧盟委员会主席,成为欧盟历史上首位女性欧委会主席。妇科医生、家庭主妇、7个孩子的母亲、政府部长……冯德莱恩的经历与欧盟政坛交集甚少,但却在久拖不决的欧盟领导层换届中最终赢得各方认可。

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Honourable Members, When I came to Strasbourg 13 days ago, I promised I'd come to listen.

I've heard your concerns, your hopes and your expectations.

The Political Guidelines which I sent to you today reflect our discussions.

From what I have heard, I've drawn my conclusions and I've made my decisions.

First, I want European citizens to play a leading and active part in building the future of our Union.

I want them to have their say at a Conference on the future of Europe to start in 2020 and to run for 2 years.

Second, I want us to work together to improve the Spitzenkandidaten system.

We need to make it more visible to a wider electorate and we need to address the issue of transnational lists at the European elections as a complementary tool of European democracy.

And thirdyes, I support a right of initiative for the European Parliament.

When this House, acting by majority of its Members, adopts Resolutions requesting the Commission to submit legislative proposals, I commit to responding with a legislative act in full respect of the proportionality, subsidiarity, and better law-making principles.

I am convinced that our stronger partnership will further help to make people's voices heard.