European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will outline the EU’s goals in her annual State of the Union address on Wednesday. The speech is likely to recognize the bloc’s public health achievements during the 2020 pandemic and address future concerns, such as digital goals for catching up with the United States and China.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union address to European Parliament legislators in Strasbourg marks the start of the political year for the 27-member bloc. The annual directorate takes stock of the past year and describes the objectives and policy measures for the upcoming political year.
The Covid-19 crisis will dominate the agenda and the EU chief will likely highlight the achievements of the bloc’s economic and public health package in 2020. It is expected to focus on the vaccination program in an attempt to dispel the narrative of the supply problems before this year. year and highlight the bloc’s rapid recovery, with more than 70 percent of adults in the EU fully vaccinated so far.
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