"For the generation of my children, Europe is a unique aspiration. It is an aspiration of living in a natural and healthy continent. Of living in a society where you can be who you are, live where you like, love who you want and aim as high as you want. It is an aspiration of a world full of new technologies and age-old values. Of a Europe that takes the global lead on the major challenges of our times."

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
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Delivering on the promise

In her Political Guidelines and Mission Letters, President von der Leyen promised to hit the ground running. In the first 100 days, the European Commission has delivered on its commitments, and:

European Green Deal [DAY 11] presented the European Green Deal, setting out a roadmap of how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 while boosting the economy, improving people's health and quality of life, and leaving no one behind.
European Green Deal Investment Plan [DAY 45] unveiled the European Green Deal Investment Plan that should generate 1 trillion euro of investments, from public and private sources, and unleash a green investment wave.
hand holding small plant [DAY 45] proposed a Just Transition Mechanism, to ensure no one is left behind. This should mobilise at least 100 billion euro to help the regions, industries and workers who will face the greatest challenges of the green transition.
first phase consultation [DAY 45] launched a first phase consultation of social partners – businesses and trade unions – on the issue of a fair minimum wage for workers in the EU, a stepping stone in building a strong social Europe for just transition.
a new partnership [DAY 62] set out the highest ambition as the EU starts building a new partnership and negotiating a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
Europe’s Beating Cancer Action Plan [DAY 66] launched public consultations to shape Europe’s Beating Cancer Action Plan. Supporting Member States to improve cancer prevention and care is a priority for the Commission in the area of health.
new methodology for EU accession negotiations [DAY 67] adopted a new methodology for EU accession negotiations – to make them more credible, predictable and dynamic. This is the first element in a renewed enlargement strategy the Commission is introducing.
the Donors’ Conference [DAY 79] stood in solidarity with Albania after the devastating earthquake in late 2019. Out of the €1.15 billion total pledged at the Donors’ Conference, the EU, its Member States and the EIB announced €400 million for the reconstruction of Albania.
shape Europe’s digital future [DAY 81] set out an agenda to shape Europe’s digital future. We delivered strategies on data and Artificial Intelligence, opening new opportunities for businesses, while focusing on trustworthy technology for citizens.
partnership with Africa [DAY 89] advanced our partnership with Africa, via the EU Strategy with Africa, enabling us to work together on common challenges – from climate change, to peace and security, to migration.
Coronavirus Response Team [DAY 93] set up the Coronavirus Response Team bringing together all the different strands of EU action. We are  working on all fronts to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
European Climate Law [DAY 95] proposed a European Climate Law, to transform political promises into legal obligations. We set a legal commitment to a climate-neutral EU by 2050 and a mechanism to keep everybody on track.
Climate Pact [DAY 95] given Europeans centre stage at the heart of the green transition by launching the Climate Pact for regions, local  communities,  civil  society,  industry  and schools. Together they will design and commit to  a  set  of  pledges  to  bring  about  a  change in behaviour,  from  the  individual  to  the  largest multinational. 
Gender strategy [DAY 95] adopted the Gender Equality Strategy, setting out a vision, policy objectives and actions to make concrete progress on gender equality.
Industrial strategy [Day 101] unveils the Industrial Strategy, our plan for a future-ready economy, embedding the green and digital transformations at the centre of European industry. It will fully integrate SMEs, who gain most from the single market.

Highlights

  • European Green Deal
    European Green Deal

    European Green Deal

    Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy that transforms the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy.
  • Digital Agenda
    Digital Agenda

    Digital Agenda

    Digital technology is changing people’s lives. The EU’s digital strategy aims to make this transformation work for people and businesses, while helping to achieve its target of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.