Von der Leyen opens the course with the defense of the response against the covid

13/09/2021 – 18:58

Tomorrow is the grand opening of the political course in the community framework with the discourse of the EU state. Its protagonist, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wants to take advantage of her intervention before the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to defend the success of the European strategy against the pandemic, specifically the joint purchase of vaccines, the certificate covid-19 and the recovery fund, according to diplomatic sources and the European Parliament the Economist after the president’s talks with the EU ambassadors and the presidents of the political groups of the European Parliament.

Von der Leyen took on much of the European response, stepping up and coordinating the joint purchase of vaccines. So when things went wrong at the beginning of the year with AstraZeneca, among other setbacks, some capitals pointed to the German one. Tomorrow she will defend not only the success of the Commission in diversifying the purchase of doses among several laboratories, but will also share the success with the capitals because each Member State has been responsible for vaccination strategies.

His speech came after the EU reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of adults on August 31, a goal that is, however, insufficient compared to the delta variant. Even so, the vaccination has fueled the European economic recovery, as the bloc will reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year, half a year earlier than expected. Community sources hope that the president will also address during her intervention the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact, more necessary after the impact of the covid on the public accounts of the countries that now has to balance without strangling its growth.

Von der Leyen promised after his election two years ago a geopolitical commission. Therefore, this discourse will also be marked by the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the need for Europeans to advance their strategic autonomy. A concern that not only touches the diplomatic or military muscle, but also other capabilities such as digital

For this reason, accelerating the technological transformation, in the face of the dominance of the United States and the push of China, also being present in Strasbourg, as well as promoting the ecological transition to slow down climate change. With a winter in which energy prices will reach record levels, partly due to the impact of the emissions market, Von der Leyen recalls that sustainability must not take root to the detriment of the well-being of citizens. This social concern was very present last July when several of its commissioners criticized the climate package that the president pushed in the institution for its approval.

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