European Union (EU) Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that the process to appoint Von der Leyen as commission chair had not been very transparent, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
Earlier, the European Council had appointed German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen as a candidate for president of the European Commission,
If approved by the European Parliament, von der Leyen, a 60-year German politician, will be stepping into a position previously occupied only by men, and not for the first time. Since 2013 von der Leyen has been serving as Germany’s first female defense minister.
Von der Leyen, if backed by the European Parliament, would also become the first German president of the European Union's main executive body since 1967.