European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her first State of the Union speech of 2020 on 16 September in Brussels, Belgium
Author: Charlotte Gifford
September 16, 2020
On 16 September, the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined plans to convey the bloc out of the deepest recession in its historical past whereas additionally making European nations extra resilient sooner or later.
Von der Leyen is decided that the EU emerges from the Corona Virus pandemic higher ready to face one other looming disaster: local weather change. Addressing EU lawmakers in her first State of the Union deal with, she bolstered her dedication to slicing greenhouse gasoline emissions, asserting that the EU ought to improve its emissions-cutting goal to at the very least 55 p.c by 2030, up from an present goal of 40 p.c.
“I recognise that this improve from 40 to 55 is an excessive amount of for some, and never sufficient for others,” she mentioned. “But our affect evaluation clearly reveals that our economic system and business can handle this.”
She additionally pressured the significance of worldwide cooperation through the pandemic, urging European governments to work collectively on frequent healthcare insurance policies. She promised that the EU would create a biomedical analysis company and convene at a world well being summit. “We have to construct a stronger European Health Union,” she mentioned. “And we have to strengthen our disaster preparedness and administration of cross-border well being threats.”
Von der Leyen’s calls for cooperation stand in distinction with the union’s obvious fragility right now. Her State of the Union deal with comes amid rising antagonism between the EU and the UK over a Brexit deal. The European Commission President warned that hopes of a post-Brexit commerce deal have been “fading” and that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s try and override components of the withdrawal treaty was unlawful.