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President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her second State of the Union address to the European Parliament today (15 September).

The President focused in her speech on the recovery of Europe after the coronavirus crisis and on what the European Union must do for a sustainable recovery benefiting all – from health preparation to the social dimension, in through technological leadership and a Defense Union.

President von der Leyen describes how Europe can ensure a sustainable recovery by preparing for future health crises, through the HERA authority, helping the world get vaccinated and ensuring that the economic recovery is sustainable and benefits people all.


The President also underlined the importance of staying true to our values ​​and underlined Europe’s duty to take care of the most vulnerable, defend media freedom, strengthen the rule of law in our Union and empower our youth. That is why she proposed to make 2022 the European Year of Youth.

Europe will continue to act in the world with the common good in mind. This is why the president von der Leyen determined to continue working to encourage global partners to act on climate change. In addition, in the face of recent developments in Afghanistan, the President announced an increase in humanitarian aid to Afghans and underlined the importance for Europe of building its own defense capabilities.

The speech is available in all languages here.


A publication on the main achievements of the von der Leyen Last year’s commission is available here.

Find more information on this dedicated website.


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