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URSULA VON DER LEYEN, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The future will be what we make of it

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In her first State of the European Union Address, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission calls for a more united, stronger and healthier Europe.

On the 16th of September 2020, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission made her first State of the European Union Address calling for change. She said: “This is our opportunity to make change happen by design – not by disaster or diktat from others in the world”.

Re-Imagine Europa welcomes this call for NextGenerationEU to create opportunities for the world of tomorrow and her recognising that we are unfortunately still focussing on building contingencies for the world of yesterday.

“The future will be what we make it. And Europe will be what we want it to be.”

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

President von der Leyen underlined the importance of a human economy and the importance of robust welfare systems; she spoke about the need to create opportunities for all Europeans to start trusting in their future again; to ensure that everyone contributes to this success. These are all issues that RIE will focus on in the months to come in our Task Force on a Fair Economy.

The importance of the European Green Deal was a central theme and we look forward to contributing to this debate through our work on “Narratives, Climate and the Future”.

She called for making this Europe’s Digital Decade, underlining the importance of integrating technology with democracy. We look forward to contributing to this debate with the work of our Task Force on Democracy in a Digital Society. You can read the full speech here:

https://ec.europa.eu/

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