- MOJ CILJ -
Želim vratiti Europu njenim građanima. Želim Europu gdje će narodi svih država zajedno oblikovati bolju budućnost. Moja Europa je Europa zajedničkih snova i zajedničkih postignuća.
- MOJ DOSADAŠNJI RAD -
Otkako sam 2014. godine postao predsjednik najvećeg Kluba zastupnika u Europskom parlamentu, Klub EPP-a je postao najujedinjenija politička snaga u Parlamentu. Zahvaljujući tom jedinstvu, brojne naše ključne ideje pretočene su u zakone: u cilju jačanja borbe protiv terorizma donijeli smo nova pravila za evidenciju putnika u zračnom prometu; inicirali smo novi mehanizam kojim se u hitnim slučajevima može obustavili ulazak u EU bez vize te smo osigurali besplatne karte za Interrail vlakove svim osamnaestogodišnjacima kako bi mogli otkriti i doživjeti ljepote našeg kontinenta. Naša Klub zastupnika je inicirao i nedavni prijedlog za novačenje dodatnih 10.000 osoba u Frontexovu službu za graničnu kontrolu i obalnu stražu s ciljem zaštite naših zajedničkih granica. Zahvaljujući jedinstvu i snazi Kluba zastupnika EPP-a pod mojim vodstvom, iznimno sam počašćen i zahvalan što sam 2016. godine s 98% glasova ponovno izabran za predsjednika kako bismo zajedno nastavili raditi na izgradnji bolje Europe.
- MOJI KORIJENI -
Po struci sam inženjer, a nakon završetka studija osnovao sam dvije uspješne tvrtke. Vođen demokršćanskim vrijednostima, politički sam aktivan od svoje rane mladosti. Duboko sam ukorijenjen u ruralnom području Donje Bavarske gdje sam s 29 godina osvojio mjesto u Bavarskom parlamentu. Danas sam potpredsjednik bavarskog CSU-a, treće najveće stranke u Njemačkoj. Sa svojom suprugom živim u malom selu u Donjoj Bavarskoj i aktivan sam u raznim katoličkim laičkim organizacijama.
- MOJ MANDAT -
U studenom 2018. godine, moja EPP politička obitelj okupila se u Helsinkiju kako bi od dva kandidata izabrala onog koji će nastaviti provoditi EPP-ovu viziju za Europu. Imao sam čast biti izabran s nadmoćnom većinom glasova kao EPP-ov vodeći kandidat za predsjednika Europske komisije.
- MOJE OBEĆANJE -
Kao predsjednik Europske komisije, ujedinit ću ljude oko ideje o snažnoj, demokratskoj i sigurnoj Europi.
1972, in Niederhatzkofen, Germany
Panzerjägerkompanie 560 Neuburg an der Donau
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.