- M’AIDHM -
Ba mhaith liom Eoraip a thabhairt ar ais chun an phobail. Ba mhaith liom Eoraip ina gcuireann pobal na tíortha iomadúla ar fad todhchaí níos fearr le chéile. Is é m’Eoraip, Eoraip aislingí coitianta agus comh-ghaiscí.
- MO CHUNTAS TEISTE -
Ó rinneadh Cathaoirleach mé ar an Grúpa polaitíochta is mó i bParlaimint na hEorpa sa bhliain 2014, is é ár ngrúpa PPE an fórsa polaitiúil is aontaí. A bhuí leis an aontacht seo, rinneadh dlíthe de roinnt dár mbunsmaointí: bhrúmar tríd rialacha nua riachtanacha ar thaifead paisinéir aer, chun dlús a chur leis an troid i gcoinne sceimhlitheoireachta: thionscnaíomar meicníocht nua chun taisteal saor ó víosa a chur ar fionraí i gcásanna éigeandála; agus mholamar ticéidí idir-ráile saor in aisce do gach duine atá 18 bliain d’aois, ionas go bhféidir leo suim a chur in áilleacht ár mór-roinne. Is é ár ngrúpa a bhí ar thosach a mholadh le gairid chun 10,000 gardaí teorainn agus costas Frontex a earcú chun ár dteorann coitianta a chosaint. Bunaithe ar thaifead Grúpa PPE ar aontacht agus neart faoi mo stiúír, b’onóir dom agus bhí mé buíoch as ucht bheith ath-thofa mar Chathaoirleach sa bhliain 2016, le 98% den vótáil, ionas go bhféidir linn leanúint ag tógáil Eoraip níos fearr le chéile.
- MO FHRÉAMHACHA -
Innealtóir mé ó thaobh gairme, thosaigh mé dhá chomhlacht rathúla tar éis mo chuid staidéir. Tá mé gníomhach sa pholaitíochta ó bhí mé óg agus mé treoraithe ag luachanna daonlathas Críostaí. Táim fréamhaithe go domhain sa Bhabháir íoctair tuaithe, bhuaigh mé suíochán ar dtús i bParlaimint na Babhára ar 29 bliain d’aois. Inniu is mé Leas Uachtarán ar ASC na Babhára, an tríú páirtí is mó sa Ghearmáin. Tá cónaí orm le mo bhean chéile i sráidbhaile beag sa Bhabháir íoctair, agus táim gníomhach in eagraíochtaí tuata Caitliceacha éagsúla.
- MO MHANDÁID -
I Mí na Samhna 2018, tháinig mo chlann polaitiúil PPE le chéile in Heilsincí chun roghnú as beirt iarrthóirí chun fís Eorpach an PPE a chur chun tosaigh. B’onóir dom bheith tofa le tromlach ollmhór mar Thús Iarrthóir an PPE d’Uachtarán an Choimisiúin Eorpaigh.
- MO GHEALLÚINT -
Mar Uachtarán ar an gCoimisiún Eorpach, tabharfaidh mé daoine le chéile d’Eoraip láidir agus diongbháilte.
1972, in Niederhatzkofen, Germany
Founder of two firms in the field of environmental management, quality management and occupational safety
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.