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the leading candidate of The European people's party (EPP), Manfred Weber insists, to realize the protection of the external borders of the EU five years earlier than previously planned. "I want the European border and coast guard to 2022, with at least 10 000 additional border guards, state of the art technology, including drones, and a direct engagement right equip," writes Weber in his program for the European elections on may 26. May. The CSU politician presented his "Promises for the future of Europe" on Tuesday night at the EPP election campaign in Athens.
Weber to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission President. The succeeds he would be the first German at the head of the authorities in Brussels are, since Walter Hallstein, was from 1958 to 1967, the first President of the Commission of the economic community. In the case of his choice wants to use a Weber for a safer Europe. In addition to the Expansion of the border protection Agency Frontex, he proposes a "European FBI to fight terrorism". Weber wants to double the staff of the police authority, Europol. Joint investigation teams will lead to information about criminals and radicalized people and each other better, to exchange.
he Should be President of the Commission, to use Weber for a halt to construction of the controversial Nord Stream Pipeline 2. He does not reject this project, because it was in the interest of the EU, said Weber, the Polish newspaper Polska the Times. "As head of the EU Commission, I will apply all rules to block Nord Stream 2." Weber was thus decided against the Federal government, which is pushing for the project. He was not, however, "the German candidate for the EU Commission, but the candidate of the EPP," said Weber.
When you think of Europe, you have to think of the independence of Russian Gas, he said. In his speech in Athens, the Christian social reaffirmed his will, the accession to the EU to stop negotiations with Turkey. Weber wants to create a new mechanism for the protection of the rule of law in the EU. "Only a transparent and independent body protected from political pressure, and all member States are equally evaluated, it can ensure that in our Union of values the independence of the judiciary, media freedom and the fight against corruption will be maintained," said Weber.
To his social profile, the EPP top candidate for a new "transition Fund for factory workers", whose jobs are threatened by digitalization. Weber argues for a "digital fairness tax", in order for the digital economy bar for their contribution and to Finance the Geldtopfs contributions. With a view to the young voters, the CSU politician proposes a new Form of housing loans for families. This is to be funded by the European investment Bank.