Von der Leyen delivers State of the European Union speech
European Commission President put the focus of her speech on Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis and on what the European Union needs to do for a lasting recovery delivering benefits to all, from health preparedness, to the social dimension, to technological leadership and a defence Union.
President von der Leyen described how Europe can secure a lasting recovery by preparing itself to deal with future health crises, by helping the world get vaccinated and by making sure that the economic recovery is sustained and benefits everyone. Furthermore, in the face of the recent developments in Afghanistan, the President announced increased humanitarian aid to Afghans and laid out the importance for Europe to build its own defence capabilities.
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