July 4, 2019 / 3:34 PM / 14 days ago

Tusk says von der Leyen dedicated to rule of law

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who has been nominated as European Commission President, shakes hands with EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Pool

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders’ nominee for European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, is dedicated to upholding EU rules on judicial independence and press freedoms, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday.

“Great to meet von der Leyen today, an excellent candidate for Commission president, a friend of central and eastern Europe, dedicated to the rule of law, and with a vision to keep the EU united,” said on Twitter.

Poland and other eastern states blocked the another candidate for Commission chief, Dutchman Frans Timmermans, because they considered him too tough on rule of law issues.

Reporting by Robin Emmott, Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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