2021 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen

STRENGTHENING THE SOUL OF OUR UNION Introduction Mr President,Honourable Members, Many are the people who feel their lives have been on pause while the world has been on fast forward. The speed of events and the enormity of the challenges are sometimes difficult to grasp. This has also been a time of soul-searching. From people […]

Taxation: Historic global agreement to ensure fairer taxation of multinational enterprises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the historic global agreement endorsed by G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors today, which will bring fairness and stability to the international corporate tax framework. This unprecedented consensus will usher in a complete reform of the international corporate tax […]

G7 Summit: President von der Leyen outlines key EU priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the G7 Summit taking place from 11 to 13 June in Cornwall in the United Kingdom, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined the key priorities and initiatives the EU will present in meetings with leaders of world’s key […]

President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes the first official submission of a recovery and resilience plan by Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Across Europe, we can see vaccination campaigns accelerating. In parallel, it is now all the more important to launch NextGenerationEU. Economic recovery must go hand in hand with an improved health situation on the ground. I welcome Portugal‘s […]

We want to hear about Europe our citizens are dreaming of, says von der Leyen about the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “We want people to take the lead on issues that matter to them and affect their everyday lives. We want to hear about Europe our citizens are dreaming of,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, at the signing ceremony of […]

Statement by President von der Leyen following her phone call with President of the United States Joe Biden

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. I was glad to speak to President Biden this afternoon – the first of many exchanges and the start of a good personal partnership. As a symbol of this fresh start, President Biden and I agreed to suspend all our tariffs imposed in the […]

Von der Leyen discusses a new Transatlantic agenda at 2021 Munich Security Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Speaking at 2021 Special edition of the Munich Security Conference on 19 February, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen focused on climate change and digital transformation as two major topics that could be driving the EU-US new global agenda. She touched […]

Europe is ready to engage, von der Leyen tells annual EU Ambassadors’ Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “This is a moment for action. It is a moment to reach out, and make clear that Europe is ready to engage”, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told today European Union Ambassadors who have gathered for their 2020 annual conference […]

Focus on EU’s external action and building our stronger inner core: von der Leyen at the Special European Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 and 2 October, EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss foreign affairs and the EU’s economic base. They reiterated full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus ‘whose sovereignty and sovereign rights must be respected’. “The EU has a strategic interest in a stable […]

Focus on EU’s external action and building our stronger inner core: von der Leyen at the Special European Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 and 2 October, EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss foreign affairs and the EU’s economic base. They reiterated full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus ‘whose sovereignty and sovereign rights must be respected’. “The EU has a strategic interest in a stable […]

President von der Leyen’s State of the Union Address: charting the course out of the coronavirus crisis and into the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today pledged that the European Commission will drive a sustainable and transformational recovery that will give Europe a global platform to lead economically, environmentally and geopolitically. MAIN HIGHLIGHTS The response to coronavirus – and protecting Europe’s health […]

Time to act together: Von der Leyen at the European Parliament July plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “If we do it right, we can also emerge stronger from this crisis thanks to a common European purpose based on NextGenerationEU,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on 8 July. She spoke at the European Parliament plenary on the […]

Von der Leyen in Ireland: Our mutual solidarity is here to stay

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar in Dublin on 15 January. They discussed among others Brexit, the European Green Deal and the negotiations on the EU’s future budget. President von der Leyen thanked the Prime Minister […]

Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen on Wednesday. In a roll call vote that took place at noon on Wednesday, MEPs approved the new College of Commissioners with 461 […]