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EM Germany newsletter CW 38/2020 | State of the Union Address

Resilience, rule of law, refugees: an alliteration in “Brusselese” that captures three main EU priorities of the autumn. In addition, there are the other longer-term priorities which Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out in her State of the Union address (aka #SOTEU) to the European Parliament on Wednesday, such as the European Green Deal or the Digital Transformation.

Resilience is at the core of the EU Recovery Plan, which the German Presidency of the Council still has to steer through the European and domestic parliaments. This represents a major step for the EU which was unthinkable just half a year  ago – especially here in Berlin. Which in turn makes it a good starting point for the Conference on the Future of Europe, where the active participation of the European Movement Germany and its network will be a major plus.

Respect for the rule of law by Member States is intended in future to be  a sine qua non condition for accessing European Union funding – which is itself the ultimate expression of solidarity between Member States. A new and regular report on the rule of law will scrutinise all 27 Member States equally, so that none can play the victim.

Refugees and how to deal with them  is a topic that some have exploited to divide Europe – or even their own countries – for the last five years. We want to present a package of measures that will end this situation. The Moria fire has reminded everyone of the urgency.

We must achieve all this within the EU in order to better prepare ourselves for the challenges from outside – whether they come from Moscow, Beijing or (at least until 3 November) from Washington. As a Union we will be able to do this.

Dr. Jörg Wojahn
Head of the European Commission in Germany

#EBDFokus: State of the Union Address

This week is crucial for Brussels‘ 2021 agenda. With her State of the Union address on Wednesday at the European Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen will present the EU Commission’s priorities for the coming year. Her priorities for 2019-2024 set by the Commission when it took office give a foretaste of possible contents of the speech. In addition to tackling the corona pandemic, a tightening of the EU climate goals could play a particularly important role in the speech. A teaser can be found here. +++ The speech and the following debate with the Members of the European Parliament will put the democratic competition of ideas in the spotlight. Under the title „Together for a better Europe“ the EP organises a videoconference discussion with MEPs on the day before the speech. +++ Together with Lucas Guttenberg of the Jacques Delors Centre, EM Germany President Dr. Linn Selle will evaluate the speech at a discussion event organised by the Commission and European Parliament representations in Germany. This way to the livestream (in German). +++ After thorough consultation with the 255 members, the 2021 political priorities for EM Germany are currently being put together in a draft resolution for Friday’s Board meeting. The Board decides on the draft text that will be put to discussion at the General Assembly. +++ An overview of the statements of the member organisations on SOTEU 2020 as well as comments on the speeches of the past years are available on EM Germany’s website. +++

#EBDGrafik of the week:

How is the European Commission composed, and what are its main tasks? Our #EBDgrafik of calendar week 38 has all you need to know. Download

EM Germany news

Looking beyond crisis management with EIB president Werner Hoyer: In an EU Direkt Briefing, Hoyer discussed the COVID and post-COVID challenges of EU policy making – and how to finance solutions. | More (in German)

„We need a Europeanisation of arms exports contol decisions“: MEP dialogue with Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA). | More (in German)

Digitisation can make Europe crisis-proof, sais EM Germany President Linn Selle at the Telefónica BASECAMP in Berlin. | More (in German) +++ Prios to the online debate on digital policies in Europe, she stressed the importance of a sound EU funding for future-oriented programs such as Horizon or Erasmus+ in an interview with the BASECAMP blog.| More (in German)

No telephone availability of EM Germany September 14/15 due to a change of our phone system. Please email or call our mobile phones.

Events to come

All EM Germany events take place via videoconference. Participation is free, but registration required. Conference language is German unless indicated otherwise. +++ 18.09.2020: Meeting of the Board +++ 22.09.2020: EBD De-Briefing COMPET (Internal Market and Industry) +++ 23.09.2020: EBD De-Briefing AGRIFISH +++ 30.09.2020: EBD De-Briefing COMPET (Research) +++ 07.10.2020: EBD De-Briefing ECOFIN and Euro Group +++ 30.10.2020: Federal Assembly of EM Germany +++ Our Presidency Calendar on the German EU Council Presidency is online – in the traditional six-month format (scroll to page 2), but also for September 2020. We’re continuously updating this new monthly format with events as they evolve – the A4 size allows for easy printing at your office (wherever it’s situated).


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