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- MI OBJETIVO -

Quiero devolver Europa a los ciudadanos. Quiero una Europa en la que los ciudadanos de todos los países construyan juntos un futuro mejor. Mi Europa es una Europa de sueños y logros comunes.

- MI HISTORIAL -

Desde que me convertí en presidente del mayor Grupo político del Parlamento Europeo en 2014, nuestro Grupo del PPE ha sido la fuerza política más unida. Gracias a esta unidad, muchas de nuestras ideas se han hecho ley: hemos impulsado nuevas leyes sobre el registro de pasajeros aéreos, para intensificar la lucha contra el terrorismo; hemos iniciado un nuevo mecanismo para suspender la exención de visado en caso de situaciones de emergencia; y hemos propuesto billetes gratuitos de Interrail para todos los jóvenes de 18 años, para que puedan descubrir y experimentar la belleza de nuestro continente. La reciente propuesta de contratar 10.000 guardias fronterizos y guardacostas adicionales de Frontex para proteger nuestras fronteras comunes también fue encabezada por nuestro Grupo. Basándome en el historial de unidad y fortaleza del Grupo PPE bajo mi liderazgo, me sentí honrado y agradecido de haber sido reelegido presidente en 2016, con el 98 % de los votos, para que pudiéramos seguir construyendo juntos una Europa mejor.

- MIS RAÍCES -

Ingeniero de profesión, después de mis estudios fundé dos empresas de éxito. Guiado por los valores de la democracia cristiana, he estado activo en política desde una edad temprana. Profundamente arraigado en la Baja Baviera rural, gané un escaño en el Parlamento bávaro a la edad de 29 años. Hoy soy vicepresidente de CSU de Baviera, el tercer partido más grande de Alemania. Vivo con mi esposa en un pequeño pueblo de 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 para elegir al candidato que llevaría adelante la visión del PPE sobre Europa. Tuve el honor de ser elegido por una abrumadora mayoría como candidato principal del PPE a la Presidencia de la Comisión Europea.

- MI PROMESA -

Como Presidente de la Comisión Europea, reuniré a los ciudadanos en pro de 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.