Von der Leyen Commission marks its first 100 days in office

On the twin transition that Europe facing, the von der Leyen Commission has moved from talk to action

Photo: EPA EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen holds a press briefing on the first 100 days in activities of her European Commission

The new Commission led by President Ursula von der Leyen marked today the 100th day of its mandate, outlining its main achievements during that period and future challenges. Since taking office on 1 December 2019, the Commission's main focus was to drive the work on the twin transition, towards a green and digital Europe and it managed to move from talk to action.

“The story of our first 100 days is about tackling the twin transition that Europe is facing. It is about turning the fight against climate change into an opportunity for jobs and growth. Reaping the benefits of technology and making it work for people. And about strengthening the EU's geopolitical clout. We have made a good start in these first 100 days. We will work hard every single day to deliver a good future for the next generations of Europeans,” President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said today at a press conference.

As early as day 11, for instance, the Commission presented a European Green Deal, a roadmap to stop climate change, cut pollution and protect biodiversity, which will help transform the economy. For this to be achieved, the Commission has already introduced the heart of the deal or the European Climate Law. It enshrines the 2050 climate neutrality target into law, with a mechanism to keep everybody on track. It is a strong signal of the Commission's commitment to leadership on climate.

During its 100-days mandate the Commission also presented a European Green Deal Investment Plan, which should generate €1trn of investments to support a green and modern EU economy. The Commission, furthermore, kick-started work on a carbon border adjustment mechanism, to ensure a level playing field globally and fairer conditions for EU companies participating to the climate effort.

To cushion the effects of the transition and support the workers and communities that still rely heavily on carbon intensive industries, the Commission also proposed a Just Transition Mechanism, which should mobilise at least €100bn. It includes the Just Transition Fund, which will invest €7.5bn from the EU budget in the regions most affected by the industrial transition.

The Commission also started greening its economic policies and provided a compass to the financial sector for more sustainable investments.

Meanwhile, The Commission has made first steps towards shaping Europe's digital future by introducing milestones, with a common position of risks linked to 5G networks rollout, a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and a Data Strategy. Yet, there is more to be done such as the introduction of a Digital Services Act, by the end of the year, which will bring clearer responsibilities and modernised rules for online platforms. New rules on Artificial Intelligence that respect human safety and rights, a common standard for online digital identity for people and businesses and new rules on cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and services are to be set, as well.

Nevertheless, now the Commission is also dealing with new, pressing priorities, namely the situation at the Greek-Turkish border and the COVID-19 outbreak. The von der Leyen Commission is therefore acting on all fronts. 

Tonight, President von der Leyen will meet Turkish President Erdoğan to discuss solutions to end the pressure at the EU's external borders. In parallel, the Commission is coordinating an EU-wide effort to solve the issue of unattended minors on the Greek islands.

As regards the COVID-19 outbreak, the Commission's Response Team is working with the Member States on preparedness, risk assessment, joint procurement and funding of research on diagnostics, treatment and vaccines. In view of these new priorities, President von der Leyen highlighted the need for a swift agreement on the next long-term EU budget, today more than ever. 

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