EPC Update – analysis 2021 SOTEU

YouTube, 15.09.2021

Online Briefing

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At this EPC Update, moderated by Jacki Davis, EPC Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis, EPC Associate Director Georg Riekeles, and EPC Chief Executive Fabian Zuleeg analysed the 2021 State of the Union address of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

We analysed and assessed European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's second State of the Union speech to the European Parliament on 15 September, which took stock of the Commission's achievements in the past year and present its priorities for the year ahead. Which key challenges did President von der Leyen raise and what were the main messages she wanted to convey in her speech? Have the Commission's main priorities changed substantially in the light of the latest developments related to the COVID-19 crisis? How prominent are the Green Deal and digital transformation and has the Commission President added new strategic priorities? What position is she taking following the latest developments in Afghanistan and how is this affecting aspirations related to a stronger Europe in the world? Did President von der Leyen share her vision and concrete ideas on how to shape the Union's longer-term development and what role shall the Conference on the Future of Europe play in this respect? Finally, moving beyond the speech itself, what is the overall assessment of the von der Leyen Commission after two years in office and what are the prospects for the years to come?

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