Von der Leyen outlines path towards ‘new vitality’ in post-corona world

(EurActiv, 16 Sep 2020) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged in her first ‘State of the Union’ address that Europe will lead the way towards a “new vitality” following the COVID-19 crisis, including a more “human” and greener economy.

In her 80-minute speech in the European Parliament plenary in Brussels, von der Leyen mentioned mostly proposals already made, including setting up a framework for minimum wages in Europe, or initiatives previously leaked to the press, especially the new target to cut CO2 emissions at least by 55% by 2030.

The impact of the pandemic and Europe’s place in the post-coronavirus world was the focus of her address, together with the ‘green’ and ‘digital’ priorities of her mandate.

The virus “showed us just how fragile our community of values really is – and how quickly it can be called into question around the world and even here in our Union,” she said.

But she added that citizens want to move out of this fragility and uncertainty.

This is “the moment for Europe to lead the way from this fragility towards a new vitality.”

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EurActiv, 16 Sep 2020: Von der Leyen outlines path towards ‘new vitality’ in post-corona world