New Impulses for Europe? Von der Leyen’s State of the Union: Analysis & Debate

The first year of the new EU legislative period went clearly different as planned. The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences completely reshuffled the deck. Action is required in many different areas: with growth and employment, health, asylum and migration questions, with climate action, digitisation, and due to geopolitical shifts.

What are the most important European challenges to date? Does the European Commission set the right priorities during the COVID-19 crisis? Can it count on the support of EU Member States and the European Parliament?



Alena Kudzko
Director GLOBESEC Policy Institute, Slovakia

Antonella Mei-Pochtler
Director Think Austria, Bundeskanzleramt, Austria

Ignacio Molina
Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain

Martin Selmayr
Head of European Commission Representation in Austria

Paul Schmidt, Secretary General, Austrian Society for European Politics