Contact

Address:

European Commission

Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200

1049 Brussels

Belgium

Press contact

Media enquiries should be directed to the European Commission press service.

Role

The President is the head of the European Commission.

According to the treaties, the President decides on the organisation of the Commission and allocates portfolios to individual Commissioners. The President also sets the Commission's policy agenda.

The President represents the Commission in European Council meetings, G7 and G20 summits, summits with non-EU countries and major debates in the European Parliament and the Council.

President von der Leyen was appointed by national leaders and elected by the European Parliament after she presented her Political Guidelines.

These guidelines were inspired by her discussions with the parliament’s political groups, as well as by the European Council’s strategic agenda for 2019-2024. They set the work of the European institutions around six headline ambitions for Europe for this period:

Team

President von der Leyen's team supports her in her daily work.
Team page

Calendar

Appointments and meetings

  • Fri 23 Oct
    The Hague
    Netherlands

    Meets Mr Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, for a working dinner

    Ursula von der Leyen
  • Mon 26 Oct
    Brussels
    Belgium

    Participates in the Meeting of the Spanish Conference of Presidents with Mr Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain; the Presidents of Autonomous Regions and Cities and the President of the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, via videoconference

    Ursula von der Leyen

Transparency

Meetings

As part of the Commission’s commitment to transparency, Commissioners and their members of Cabinet publish information on meetings held with organisations or self-employed individuals.

Public petitions

Responses to petitions, or a high number of identical correspondence to the President and other members of the College of Commissioners, are published here in the interest of transparency and coherence.

Declaration of Interests

In line with the Commission's Code of Conduct for Members of the Commission, each Commissioner publishes a Declaration of Interests.

The Declaration of Interests of the President is published at the bottom of this page.

A machine-readable version of all Declarations is also published. This is in line with the requirements of the Code of Conduct.

 

Biography

  • President of the European Commission

    2019 - present

  • Federal Minister of Defence, Germany

    2013-2019

  • Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs

    2009-2013

  • Member of the German Bundestag

    2009-2019

  • Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany

    2005-2009

  • Minister for Social Affairs, Women, Family Affairs and Health in Lower Saxony, Germany

    2003-2005

  • Member of the CDU in the State Assembly of Lower Saxony

    2003-2005

  • Member of the CDU

    Since 1990

  • Member of the academic staff, Department of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research, Hanover Medical School (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, MHH)

    1998-2002