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- MI OBJETIVO -

Quiero devolver Europa a la gente. Quiero una Europa donde las personas de todos los países formen un mejor futuro juntos. Mi Europa es una Europa de sueños comunes y logros conjuntos.

- MI HISTORIA -

Desde 2014 soy presidente del mayor grupo político en el Parlamento Europeo. Gracias a la unidad de nuestro grupo, muchas de nuestras ideas clave se han convertido en ley: hemos impulsado nuevas reglas cruciales sobre los registros de pasajeros aéreos para intensificar la lucha contra el terrorismo; iniciamos un nuevo mecanismo para suspender los viajes sin visado en caso de situaciones de emergencia; y propusimos billetes Interrail gratuitos para todos los jóvenes de 18 años, para que pudieran descubrir y experimentar la belleza de nuestro continente. Nuestro grupo también lideró la reciente propuesta de contratar a 10 000 guardias fronterizos y costeros adicionales de Frontex para proteger nuestras fronteras comunes. Sobre la base del historial de unidad y fuerza del Grupo del PPE bajo mi liderazgo, me sentí honrado y agradecido de ser reelecto presidente en 2016, con el 98 % de los votos, por lo que podríamos seguir construyendo una Europa mejor juntos.

- MIS RAÍCES -

Soy ingeniero de profesión y puse en marcha dos empresas de éxito después de terminar mis estudios universitarios. Guiado por los valores de la democracia cristiana, he participado de manera activa en política desde muy joven. Profundamente arraigado a la Baja Baviera rural, fui elegido diputado al Parlamento bávaro a la edad de 29 años. En la actualidad soy vicepresidente de la CSU de Baviera, el tercer partido más grande de Alemania. Vivo con mi esposa en un pequeño pueblo en la Baja Baviera y participo activamente en varias organizaciones católicas laicas.

- MI MANDATO -

En noviembre de 2018, mi familia política del PPE se reunió en Helsinki con el fin de elegir a uno de los dos candidatos para liderar la visión del PPE para Europa. Tuve el honor de ser elegido candidato principal del PPE para presidente de la Comisión Europea con una mayoría abrumadora.

- MI PROMESA -

Como presidente de la Comisión Europea, mi objetivo es unir a las personas para conformar una Europa fuerte, democrática y segura.

about-me
Curriculum Vitae
Nacimiento

1972, in Niederhatzkofen, Germany

Estado civil

Married

Confesión

Roman Catholic

Servicio militar

Carrera profesional

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

Carrera política

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.