Source: European Commission
On 16 July 2019 the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen the future President of the European Commission. She is the first woman to be President-elect of the European Commission.
A European by heart and by conviction, Ursula von der Leyen announced that she will focus on an ambitious climate agenda to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. She also committed to working closely with the European Parliament to strengthen democracy and a fair social market economy in Europe. Ursula von der Leyen also gave a very personal insight into her idea of Europe’s path amid global challenges: “We need to do it the European way”.
In the next five years, we have to work together to allay fears and create opportunities. Europe must lead the transition to a healthy planet and a new digital world. But it can only do so by bringing people together and upgrading our unique social market economy to fit today’s new ambitions.
The Political Guidelines draw on the common ideas and priorities that unite Europe. They are not an exhaustive work programme but rather aim to frame the common work. Within each chapter you will find the policies to be used in order to deliver on the EU common goals.
The Political Guidelines focus on six headline ambitions for Europe over the next five years and well beyond:
- A European Green Deal
- An economy that works for people
- A Europe fit for the digital age
- Protecting our European way of life
- A stronger Europe in the world
- A new push for European democracy
The political guidelines can be found here.