Future president of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen new president of the European Commission
The new president of the European Commission, who will take office on November 1, has asked to prepare a house next to her office on the 13th floor of the Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European Executive.
The decision of the former German defense minister has some Lutheran austerity: it will save the public treasury the security costs since the property already has personnel dedicated to its protection and will not pay a landlord the more than 4,000 euros per month that correspond to him. Your personal hosting. It also has a lot of practical and functional: in its new location you will dodge the usual traffic jams that every morning and late in the afternoon Brussels collapse, one of the most bottled capitals of the continent.
The German, mother of seven children and with a family residence in Hanover, where her husband works, has already lived in the same Ministry of Defense during her tenure as head of the military department in Berlin. It is, they ensure from a close circle, a practical and saving issue. The German media Die Welt published this Thursday what was an open secret in the halls of the European Commission.
His predecessor in office, the still president of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, also retained his own residence in his country, Luxembourg, but for his stays in Brussels he chose to rent a 50 square meter apartment in a hotel at a rate of 3,250 euros per month, as he confessed in an interview with the German newspaper Bild. The accommodation did not always meet your needs completely. In that same publication he complained that unlike the ambassadors or the NATO secretary general, both he and the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, lack an official abode, forcing them to move to receive official visits.
Finally, the plan of the future president of the European Commission is to spend the night in a small house of about 25 square meters next to her office in Berlaymont.