Germany's Ursula von der Leyen yesterday made her pitch to European lawmakers to be the next head of the EU executive, promising to focus on promoting the rule of law, digitalisation, competitiveness and the fight against climate change.
While she is expected to be backed by the major political groups in the European Parliament, there has been stinging criticism of the way she was put forward as a candidate.
"I think it's a good deal, but it is your responsibility and your noble task to sort this out", she told a British Liberal Democrat MEP in the European parliament, in her first public comments on Brexit.
Alongside von der Leyen, European leaders have choised the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as new President of the European Council, the Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the French Christine Lagarde - now leading the International Monetary Fund - as the President of the European Central Bank. Von der Leyen needs the backing of an absolute majority of 376 votes in the 751-strong chamber to get confirmed as president of the European Commission.
She pledged her full commitment to making the bloc climate neutral by 2050, saying this required tougher targets for 2030 as well as European Union funds for countries that would otherwise struggle to make the green transition.
Von der Leyen is now holding discussions with all political families to convince the Parliament to back her appointment.
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But she also said: "The UK must sort its side of things on Brexit", in reference to what European Union governments say is a lack of clarity from London on what kind of future relationship it wants with the EU. And for that we will have to be more ambitious with our climate goals for 2030.
MEPs will vote on Ms von der Leyen's presidency bid at the European Parliament in Strasbourg next week.
"Von der Leyen declared her readiness to take lawmakers" ideas on board as different members of the parliament named their price.
The magazine also reported her saying: "In case we're going to have a Brexit, I'm convinced it is crucial how the tone is and the attitude with which Brexit happens".
But she needs more votes and some could come from the Socialists, which is the second-largest grouping in the parliament. She could also seek support from among the Greens and eurosceptics in the assembly, who have different and often contradictory expectations of her as the new Commission chief.
The liberals of Renew Europe are pushing for von der Leyen's approval - although they expect further commitment from her next week on the rule of law, transnational lists and getting the Danish liberal commissioner Margrethe Vestager a vice-president position in the commission.