Charting the course for the year ahead

In her State of the Union address on 15 September 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year. They will among others include:

  • Continuing the vaccination efforts in Europe and speeding up vaccination globally, as well as strengthening the pandemic preparedness
  • Working on closing the climate finance gap, together with our global partners
  • Leading the digital transformation that will create jobs and drive competitiveness, while ensuring technical excellence and security of supply
  • Ensuring fairer working conditions and better healthcare, and creating more opportunities for Europe’s youth to benefit from the European social market economy
  • Stepping up our cooperation on security and defence, and deepening EU’s partnership with closest allies
  • Defending European values and freedoms, and protecting the rule of law
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Proposed initiatives

On 15 September, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen also sent a Letter of Intent to David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament, and Prime Minister Janez Janša, as the Presidency of the Council, in which she detailed the actions the Commission intends to take in the following year by means of legislation and other initiatives.


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