The European Justice Forum welcomes the election of Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission

Article including update on institutional changes

On 16th of July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen was officially confirmed as the next European Commission President. MEPs backed her appointment and elected the first woman to lead the Commission, making the political leadership more diverse and inclusive in the European Union.

In the context of these institutional changes paving the way for a new political ambition in the EU, the European Justice Forum looks forward to collaborating with the future college of Commissioners, as well as the newly elected Members of the European Parliament, towards building fair, balanced, transparent and efficient civil justice systems in Europe in the next five years.

More specifically, EJF fully supports President Von der Leyen’s approach to have “Europe to strive for more by grasping the opportunities from the digital age within safe and ethical boundaries”[1] and remains ready to contribute shaping a legal environment protecting both consumers and businesses in light of emerging new technologies.

The political priorities of the next Commission, as set out by von der Leyen, focus on six ambitious points for Europe over the next five years and beyond:

  • A European Green Deal
  • An economy that works for people
  • A Europe fit for the digital age
  • Protecting our European way of life
  • A stronger Europe in the world
  • A new push for European democracy

In the meantime, the European Parliament committees also appointed their new bureaux and elected their chairs and vice-chairs. The Legal Affairs (JURI) committee, leading on the Directive on Representative, appointed the following MEPs:

  • Chair: Lucy Nethsingha (Renew Europe, UK)
  • 1st Vice-Chair: Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA, Germany)
  • 2nd Vice-Chair: Marion Walsmann (EPP, Germany)
  • 3rd Vice-Chair: Ibán Garcia Del Blanco (S&D, Spain)
  • 4th Vice-Chair: Raffaele Stancanelli (ECR, IT)

Geoffroy Didier, rapporteur on the Directive on Representative actions under the last parliamentary term, will retain the same role during the upcoming trilogues.


[1] “A Union that strives for more, my agenda for Europe”, Ursula von der Leyen, Political Guidelines for the next European Commission 2019-2024, 16/07/2019