07 Oct: Opening address by President von der Leyen at the EU Sustainable Investment Summit via videoconference

(Source: European Commission)

Thank you very much,


Distinguished guests,

It is an honour to open this first European Sustainable Investment Summit. In the coming hours, this virtual stage will host an incredible panel of speakers. From central bankers to business leaders, from royals to climate activists. So, what is it that brought us all together? I could start with the UN General Assembly, where we recently met and once more invoked the urgency to act. Or I could talk about our climate goals and emission cuts. I could tell you about the massive investments needed for the green transition. …

06 Oct: Cyber defence: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP plenary

(Source: EEAS)

Delivered by Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen

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Madame President, Honourable Members,

Let me thank Rapporteur [Urmas] Paet for bringing cyber defence issues to our attention.

As highlighted in the report, in recent years we have seen continuous growth in cyber-attacks against the European Union and its Member States, which is affecting European security.

The best way to face these threats is to join forces and mobilise resources, as rightly indicated in the report. To protect cyberspace, we need to modernise our capabilities; advance research, training and exercises; and increase efforts to prevent, deter and …

06 Oct: Belarus: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP Plenary

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Thank you Mr President, dear Members of the European Parliament,

On behalf of the High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and myself, let me thank this Parliament for your relentless efforts to support the people of Belarus and for your support of our work. The European Union remains united in the face of the brutal repression and the continuing provocations by the Lukashenko regime and in support of the Belarusian people. 

Last time Belarus was addressed in this European Parliament plenary was on the 8th of June, after the Lukashenko regime forced a Ryanair flight between two European Union capitals to land in …

06 Oct: EU-US relations: Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP Plenary

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Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament,

Certainly, we all agree that the United States remains the European Union’s closest and most important strategic partner. It is like this and it has to continue being like this. There should not be doubts about that.

This year, we launched the renewed Joint Transatlantic Agenda after a very successful European Union Summit with the United States and there has been a strong partnership and engagement with the United States administration. Certainly much more and in a better way than with the previous one.

Transatlantic partnership is …

17 Sep: Cuba: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on government’s crackdown against popular protests

(Source: EEAS)

Delivered by Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson

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Thank you Mrs President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament,

Let me reply to your interventions on behalf of the European Commission and replacing High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell.

The protests of 11 July, with the participation of thousands, were the largest seen in Cuba for over 25 years.

They reflect legitimate grievances about the lack of food, medicines, water and power. The Covid epidemic has severely impacted the Cuban economy already in dire need of structural reforms.

But apart from economic reasons, there was also a political …

17 Sep: Kenya: Speech on behalf of the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP debate

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Speech delivered by Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson

Ms President, Honourable Members,

Thank you for this debate that I take on behalf of the High Representative/Vice-President [Josep] Borrell.

Kenya is a key partner of the European Union and a pillar of stability in a troubled East Africa. President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and President [of Kenya, Uhuru] Kenyatta have decided in June 2021 to further deepen the European Union-Kenya relations by launching a strategic dialogue on issues and agendas of common interest.

The European Union and Kenya share common values and principles, and the European …

10 Sep: Speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič at the Queen’s University, Belfast

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Thank you Professor Hayward.

Dear Honorary Consul General,

Dear members of the faculty,

Dear students,

Ladies and gentlemen.

It is an honour and a pleasure to be here today – not least as it is my first visit to Northern Ireland. Having previously been limited to virtual means of communication, it is certainly a nice change.

As author Terry Pratchett said: “The best research you can do is talk to people.” For that, you cannot beat a face-to-face conversation.

Given that Queen’s University Belfast can trace its roots back more than two centuries, I …

23 Aug: Speech by President Charles Michel at the inaugural session of the International Crimea Platform Summit

(Source: European Council)

Dear President Zelensky, dear Volodymyr, dear friends, dear colleagues,

Crimea is Ukraine and I am glad to be here with you for this first Crimean Platform Summit, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.

And I will go straight to the point: independence means sovereignty; and it means territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders. I am here to reaffirm the EU’s unwavering stance: we do not and will not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. We will continue to staunchly enforce our non-recognition policy. And we will stand tall against …

26 Jul: President von der Leyen at the event “Fighting Infectious Diseases – Focus on Africa”

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Dear Dr Tedros,

dear President Hoyer,

dear Dr. Özlem Türeci

dear Professor Uğur Şahin,

distinguished guests.

The history of science is made of long periods of slow progress, followed by great breakthroughs and scientific revolutions.

Our fight against malaria is a case in point.

For decades, science has worked hard to eradicate malaria.

And the European Union has been a proud partner in this work.

We have supported tens of malaria research projects, ranging from diagnostics to treatments, from prevention to vaccines.

And in the last twenty years, the number of malaria victims was …

13 Jul: Speech by President von der Leyen at the Rome W20 Summit

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Dear delegates to the Women 20 Summit,

Thank you for your invitation and for your work, which is now more important than ever. At the next G20 Summit in Rome, I could be the only woman in the group. There could be no better reminder of how long the road towards gender equality still is.

This is the very reason why we need your expertise. We need Women 20 to help bring the voice of women to the table of decision-makers. We need the best policy ideas so that more and more women, all …