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PM Babiš on Ursula von der Leyen: She is very competent

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has said Ursula von der Leyen is a "very competent woman." He also added that he looks forward to working with the German politician, who was approved by MEPs to lead the European Commission.

EU leaders chose Ursula von der Leyen, the 60-year-old German Defense Minister, as a candidate for the president of the European Commission at the beginning of July. On Tuesday, she was approved to take the top EU position by the European Parliament. In the vote, she received the support of 383 MEPs.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš commented on the election on his Twitter account. "Congratulations to Ursula von der Leyen! For the first time, a woman - a very competent woman - will be the head of the European Commission! I support her and look forward to working with her. I also hope that we will have the opportunity to personally discuss our EU expectations, soon,” wrote PM Babiš.

Other Czech politicians also responded to the news. "Congratulations to the new EC President. I appreciate her commitment to make the EU more coherent," said Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD).

Czech MEPs voted for von der Leyen based on EP factions. Therefore, representatives of three Czech parties - STAN, TOP 09 and KDU-ČSL - affiliated to the European People's Party (EPP) as well as the ANO movement MEPs affiliated to the Renew Europe (ER), former ALDE, supported von der Leyen.

“Ursula von der Leyen has my support. Among other things, her effort to remove the remaining obstacles in the EU internal market is praiseworthy,” said another Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová.

MEP and Chairman of TOP 09 Jiří Pospíšil also voted for Ursula von der Leyen stating that "she will face many challenges, whether it is security issues, climate change or the rule of law."

The current European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will step down at the beginning of November. Until then, Ursula von der Leyen has to set up the new European Commission.

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