- L-GĦAN TIEGĦI -
Irrid nagħti l-Ewropa lura lin-nies. Irrid Ewropa fejn in-nies tal-pajjiżi kollha jibnu l-futur tagħhom flimkien. L-Ewropea tiegħi hi l-Ewropea ta’ ħolm komuni u kisbiet konġunti.
- IT-TRACK RECORD TIEGĦI -
Minn meta sirt President tal-akbar grupp politiku fil-Parlament Ewropew fl-2014, il-Grupp tal-PPE kien l-aktar forza politika magħquda fil-Parlament. Bis-saħħa ta’ din l-għaqda, ħafna mill-ideat tagħna saru liġijiet: ressaqna ‘l quddiem regoli importanti dwar ir-rekords tal-passiġġieri tal-ajru, il-ġlieda kontra t-terroriżmu; bdejna mekkaniżmu li jissospendi vjaġġar bla viża f’każijiet ta’ sitwazzjonijiet ta’ emerġenza; u għamilna l-proposta ta’ biljetti b’xejn tal-Interrail għal min għandu 18=il sena, biex ikunu jistgħu jiskopru u jesperjenzaw l-isbuħija tal-kontinent tagħna. . Il-proposta riċenti biex 10,000 gwardjan tal-fruntieri u l-kosta jingħaqdu mal-Frontex biex jipproteġu l-fruntieri komuni wkoll tmexxiet mill-Grupp tagħna. Fid-dawl tal-għaqda u s-saħħa taħt it-tmexxija tiegħi, jien kont onorat u grat u ġejt ri-elett bħala ċ-Chairman fl-2016, bi 98% tal-voti, biex inkunu nistgħu nibnu Ewropa b’saħħitha flimkien.
- L-GĦERUQ TIEGĦI -
Il-professjoni tiegħi hi ta’ inġinier, u wara li temmejt l-istudji tiegħi, bdejt żewġ kumpaniji ta’ suċċess. Immexxi mill-valuri tad-demokrazija Kristjana, ilni attiv fil-politika minn età żgħira. . L-għeruq profondi tiegħi huma mill-Bavarja ta’ Isfel, fejn irbaħt siġġu fil-Parlament tal-Bavarja fl-età ta’ 29 sena. Illum, jien il-Viċi-President tas-CSU tal-Bavarja, it-tielet l-akbar partit fil-Ġermanja. Jien ngħix mal-mara tiegħi f’villaġġ żgħir fil-Bavarja ta’ Isfel, u jien attiv f’diversi għaqdiet Kattoliċi.
- IL-MANDAT TIEGĦI -
F’Novembru 2018, il-familja politika tiegħi tal-PPE ngħaqdet f’Ħelsinki biex tagħżel kandidat mit-tnejn li kien hemm biex imexxi ‘l quddiem il-viżjoni tal-PPE għall-Ewropa. Jien kelli l-unur li nkun elett b’maġġoranza kbira bħala l-Kandidat tal-PPE għal President tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea.
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Bħala President tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea, jien se ngħaqqad in-nies flimkien għal Ewropea b’saħħitha, demokratika u sigura.
1972, in Niederhatzkofen, Germany
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.