Wednesday, September 13, 2023. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her annual State of the EU address (the so-called State of the Union) in the European Parliament, in which she summarized the most important achievements and announced the actions she wants to carry out until 2024. Key issues related to the current situation in the European Union, such as the European Green Deal, the economy, migration and Russian aggression against Ukraine, were raised.

Key issues raised by the State of the EU address

The State of the Union Address of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen includes priorities and initiatives for the coming year, indicated on the basis of the Community’s successes and achievements in recent years. Key initiatives include:

  1. European Green Deal:
    • European wind energy package;
    • 2040 climate target;
    • Water deficit resilience initiative.
  2. Europe for the digital age:
    • EU space law;
    • satellite data economy strategy;
    • initiative to make the power of European supercomputers available to ethical and responsible artificial intelligence companies.
  3. An economy that serves the people:
    • EU biotechnology and bioproduction initiative;
    • follow-up to the Val Duchesse summit;
    • Advanced materials for industry leadership;
    • initiative on European Works Council legislation.
  4. A stronger position for Europe in the world:
    • Strengthening partnerships with Africa;
    • european defense industry strategy.
  5. Promoting European lifestyles:
    • Extension of temporary protection for those fleeing Ukraine;
    • An action plan to combat drug trafficking, including an alliance of European ports;
    • Updating the legal framework and strengthening cooperation in combating migrant smuggling;
    • joint European Diploma.
  6. New impetus for European democracy:
    • Communication on pre-accession reforms and policy reviews;
    • Commission recommendation on integrated child protection systems.

European Green Deal – State of the EU address

The European Green Deal was one of the first topics addressed in the address. At this point, it is worth recalling that the European Green Deal is a set of initiatives aimed at achieving climate neutrality by 2050. During the speech, Ursula von der Leyen recalled recent natural disasters related to climate change. Among them, she listed the following. fires and floods in Greece and Spain or other negative weather phenomena in many countries of the European Union, noting that their main cause is the increase in average air temperature on the planet.

The President of the European Commission emphasized the economic aspects of the green transition, recalling that an economic program has emerged from the adopted climate program, which sets a clear direction for investment and innovation. In the short term, this strategy is delivering the expected results.

The European Commission, as announced, is to continue supporting the industry in its modernization and decarbonization processes. Wind power was cited as an example of European success in implementing the green transition, while stressing that changes are needed in light of new challenges. Ursula von der Leyen announced the European Wind Power Package, which is to be based on cooperation with industry and member states and includes skills, financing and ensuring stable supply chains. The European Commission intends to further promote clean-tech industries in its efforts.

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