CCIA Welcomes New European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen

BY Heather Greenfield
July 16, 2019

Strasbourg, France — The European Parliament today voted to confirm Ursula von der Leyen as the next President of the European Commission. President von der Leyen previously served in the German government in several ministerial roles, including as Minister of Defence. She will be the first woman to lead the EU’s executive arm.

Earlier today Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined her EU political priorities for the next five year term in a “guidance document”. The President pledged to present legislation on Artificial Intelligence within 100 days of taking office and to present a “Digital Services Act” to upgrade EU rules pertaining to “digital platforms, services and products.” On tax reform she called for an “international solution” while warning that “if by the end of 2020 there is still no global solution for a fair digital tax, the EU should act alone.”

CCIA has called for ambitious global tax reform, which doesn’t single out any sectors. We support smart, proportionate and evidence-based EU regulation to ensure Europeans can fully benefit from the digital transformation.

The following can be attributed to CCIA Vice President and Head of office Christian Borggreen:

“We welcome the confirmation of Ursula von der Leyen as the next President of the European Commission. We look forward to working with the European Commission to develop smart and evidence-based policies to build a thriving European Digital Single Market.”

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