"It is the moment to show to the young generation that we can build a continent where you can be who you are, love who you want, and aim as high as you want."
In her speech, Ms von der Leyen, reflected on what the European Union (EU) achieved in the past year and what it will focus on in the coming year, the last of her mandate. An important topic was climate change; for instance, she announced a new initiative on wind energy. Another topic was digitalisation; the EU will make its supercomputers available for new AI initiatives. To help the economy, she announced measures to reduce paperwork for small and medium-sized companies. A major topic was, of course, Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine. The EU will continue to support Ukraine as long as needed, she said, adding that “the future of Ukraine is in our Union”.
This address makes great topical content for classroom discussions about the European Union and its future and can serve as an important part of a broader lesson on Europe.
- Publication date
- 15 September 2023
- Directorate-General for Communication
- Type of content