Status: 26/09/2023, 14:24 p.m.
Oliver Schenk (CDU), head of the state chancellery in Saxony, sits in his place during a session of the Saxon state parliament. © Robert Michael/dpa/Archivbild
State Chancellery chief Oliver Schenk is to lead the Saxon Union in the 2024 European elections. The CDU state chairman Michael Kretschmer has proposed the 55-year-old as a top candidate on list position 1, as the Union announced on Tuesday in Dresden.
Dresden - Born in Bavaria, he has served since 1994 in the Ministry of the Environment, Finance and the Interior as well as a Prime Minister in Saxony. After holding positions at the Federal CDU and the Federal Ministry of Health, he returned and has been Head of the State Chancellery and Minister for Federal and European Affairs since 2017. Saxony's Union wants to decide on the state list at the state representative meeting on January 20, 2024.
"For the future, we want changes in the European Union," said Kretschmer. Above all, more efforts and impetus are needed with regard to Europe's competitiveness. "Less bureaucracy, more investment in research and infrastructure and, above all, a strengthening of the regions and countries in the decision-making processes." This requires "a strong and experienced voice in the European Parliament". Dpa