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State of the Union Address 2021


In her State of the Union address, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a series of announcements on EU action in the political course of the current political year.


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General information

In her State of the Union address, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, made a series of announcements on EU action in the political year that is now beginning. Here are the main proposals:


  • New European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).
  • New EU-wide Health Preparedness and Resilience Mission, with ¤50 billion up to 2027.

Economy and Single Market

  • Addressing structural problems in Member States' economies, specifically citing labour market reforms in Spain.
  • Reactivation of the debate on the review of economic governance.
  • New own resources.
  • Banning the sale of forced labour products on the European market.

Ecological transition

  • New Social Climate Fund.
  • Increase climate finance by 4 billion euros by 2027.
  • Encouraging other countries to redouble their efforts in view of COP26.

Digital transformation

  • More investment in 5G and fibre networks, as well as in digital capabilities.
  • New European chip law to create a next generation semiconductor ecosystem, including manufacturing and ensuring security of supply, reinforcing the EU's digital sovereignty.

Social Europe

  • New European Care Strategy.
  • Acceleration of the process of approval of the New Migration and Asylum Pact.
  • New law to combat gender violence before the end of the year.


  • Declaration of 2022 as the Year of European Youth.
  • New ALMA programme: temporary work experience in another Member State.

Security and Defence

  • New EU-NATO Declaration before the end of the year.
  • European Defence Summit during the French Presidency of the Council of the EU.
  • Greater strategic autonomy to provide stability to neighbouring regions, face increasingly complex threats (hybrid wars, cyber-attacks, etc.) and remain a guarantor of peace and security.  
  • Coordination of Member States' intelligence at European level.
  • Improving interoperability (e.g. by eliminating VAT for defence equipment developed and manufactured in the EU).
  • European cyber defence policy and a new European Cyber Resilience Law. 

Foreign policy

  • New support package for the Afghan people, including coordination of Member States' efforts to assist those who remain in the country and an additional EUR 100 million in humanitarian aid.
  • Ursula von der Leyen's trip to the Western Balkans by the end of the month.
  • New Global Gateway strategy with countries around the world to facilitate investments in quality infrastructure, with a values-based approach, transparency and good governance where others will not be.

Rule of Law

  • Country-specific recommendations in the annual report from 2022.
  • Freedom of the press law in 2022.


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