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- MY AIM -

Quero trazer a Europa para junto das pessoas. Quero uma Europa onde as pessoas de todos os países possam em conjunto escolher um futuro melhor. A minha Europa é uma Europa de sonhos comuns e de realizações conjuntas.

- MY TRACK RECORD -

É desde 2014 que sou Presidente do maior grupo político no Parlamento Europeu. Graças à união do nosso grupo, muitas das nossas ideias tornaram-se lei: conseguimos fazer aprovar novas regras sobre registos de passageiros aéreos que são vitais para intensificar a luta contra o terrorismo; iniciámos um novo mecanismo para suspender viagens isentas de visto em caso de situações de emergência; e propusemos bilhetes de Interrail gratuitos para todos os jovens que perfaçam 18 anos de modo a que possam descobrir e desfrutar da beleza do nosso continente. A recente proposta de recrutar 10 000 novos elementos para a Guarda Europeia Costeira e de Fronteiras (Frontex) para proteger as nossas fronteiras comuns também foi liderada pelo nosso Grupo. Com base no histórico de união e força do Grupo PPE sob a minha liderança, senti-me honrado e agradecido por ter sido reeleito Presidente em 2016, com 98 % dos votos, para podermos continuar a construir em conjunto uma Europa melhor.

- MY ROOTS -

Engenheiro de formação, criei duas empresas bem-sucedidas após os meus estudos. tendo os valores da democracia cristã como guia, tenho estado ativo na política desde jovem. Profundamente enraizado na Baixa Baviera rural, consegui o primeiro assento no Parlamento da Baviera aos 29 anos de idade. Atualmente sou vice-presidente da CSU, o terceiro maior partido da Alemanha. Vivo com a minha esposa numa pequena cidade na Baixa Baviera e sou ativo em várias organizações católicas laicas.

- MY MANDATE -

Em novembro de 2018, a minha família política, o PPE, reuniu-se em Helsínquia para escolher um de dois candidatos para prosseguir a visão do partido para a Europa. Tive a honra de ser eleito por esmagadora maioria para ser o candidato do PPE a Presidente da Comissão Europeia.

- MY PROMISE -

Enquanto Presidente da Comissão Europeia, unirei as pessoas para uma Europa forte, democrática e segura.

about-me
Curriculum Vitae
Birth

1972, in Niederhatzkofen, Germany

Civil status

Married

Confession

Roman Catholic

Military service

Panzerjägerkompanie 560 Neuburg an der Donau

Professional career

Founder of two firms in the field of environmental management, quality management and occupational safety

Political career

2014 – Present: Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament (www.eppgroup.eu)

2009 – 2014: Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament

2006 – 2009: Home Affairs Spokesman of the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament; Member of the Bureau

2004 – Present: Member of the European Parliament, (www.europarl.europa.eu); former substitute Member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and the Committee on Regional Development

2002 – 2004: Member of the Bavarian State Parliament / Bayerischer Landtag (www.bayern.landtag.de)

2002 – Present: Member of Kelheim District Council (www.landkreis-kelheim.de)

2015 – Present: Vice-President of the CSU Party (www.csu.de/partei/vorstand); Member of the Bureau (since 2009); and the Executive (since 2003)

2009 – 2014: Chairman of the CSU Committee on the Future of Bavaria (www.csu.de/partei/parteiarbeit/kommissionen/zukunftskommission/ueber-uns/)

2008 – 2016: CSU District Chair in Lower Bavaria (www.csu-niederbayern.de)

2003 – 2007: Chairman of the Junge Union Bayern (Youth Section of the CSU) (www.ju-bayern.de)

What are the crucial factors that have shaped my personal journey?

FAMILY: Family is the most important school of life. As the second oldest of three sons, I practiced assertiveness and teamwork from my earliest days. In 2002, I married my wife. My family is my ultimate retreat.

HOMELAND: While I enjoy working at the European level and thinking in a European manner, I am deeply rooted to my homeland. In July 1972, I was born in the district of Landshut. After kindergarten in Pfeffenhausen, I was enrolled in school in Wildenberg in the district of Kelheim. My educational path led me from the elementary school in Wildenberg via the middle school in Siegenburg and the secondary school in Rottenburg to the specialised secondary school in Landshut. During my voluntary work at the KLJB (Catholic Rural Youth Movement) – as a trumpet player in the church brass instrument group – and my contribution to village life, I gained vital life experience. For me, my home is my identity.

MUSIC: From my second year of secondary school, I have played guitar. Together with my friends I formed a band, in which I was involved in for almost twenty years. Our gigs at dancing events, festivals and carnival balls meant so much to me, and provided a wonderful life experience.

FAITH: Weekly church attendance is no duty for me; rather it is an enriching and spiritual experience. Christianity enriches my life, inducing a sense of continuity and stability in an increasingly fast-paced world. In the past, I regularly spent time in monasteries to foster spirituality and gain renewed momentum.

Establishing a company, being my own boss – I was already dreaming of this during my Physical Technology studies at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. Environmental protection was, and still is, central to me. The study field of Technical Environmental Protection made it possible to pursue my interest in future technologies. This niche between biology, environmental protection and business administration continuously fascinates me.

After graduation in 1996, I founded my first company together with a partner; some years later a second one followed, in the field of environmental and quality management as well as work safety.

Today, both companies are no longer in my possession. I fully concentrate on my political tasks.

Since 2004, I represent, as a Member of the European Parliament, the voice of the 1.2 million inhabitants of Lower Bavaria. Personally, practicing politics at the European level represents the ultimate platform.

Unsalaried political work provided a practical political base: at the age of 16, I became politically active. From 2003 to 2007, I had the pleasure to lead and shape the Junge Union (Young Christian Democrats) as Regional Chairman – the first Lower Bavarian in history.

At the age of 29, I became the youngest member of the State Parliament of Bavaria – first as a substitute, then, in 2003, directly via the CSU list in Lower Bavaria. Subsequently, I became a Member of the European Parliament.