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Thought I'd check how much COM Presidents have actually talked about Brexit in #SOTEU, following VdL's complete silence yesterday

Yes, this is the first #SOTEU that has unambiguously avoided the topic since 2013 (note, no speeches in 2014 or 2019), but 2016 also made no direct reference (although certainly can read entire content that year as repost to #EURef)

2015 was easily the longest absolute text, reaffirming value of UK membership
2017 was very passing
2018 & 20 were about need to conclude negotiations

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Promised during #SOTEU 2020.
Delivered in 2021.

We are launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).

It is another building block of a stronger #HealthUnion and a major step forward for our crisis preparedness →!FUVnRV
🌍 Outbreaks of infectious diseases are on the rise.

With HERA, we will be better prepared to anticipate potential health crises & address possible gaps in medical countermeasures.

It will work closely with other EU & national agencies, researchers & industry. #HealthUnion
What happens when an emergency hits?

HERA will ensure critical equipment, medicines, vaccines and other medical countermeasures – such as gloves and masks – are available, when and as necessary.

It can activate emergency measures for research, manufacturing and funding.
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“Climate change is only man-made, and since it is man-made, we can do something about it", said @vonderleyen in the #soteu21

The IPCC has made this clear to us, which is why the EU must lead by example and not fall into the fossil fuel trap 👇…
As President @vonderleyen pointed out, the #COP26 will be "the moment of truth for the major economies"

We welcome the proposal of €4 billion on climate finance for developing countries and the call to the US to also step up.

📣 But the EU needs to be ready to do more!
The new EU farming policy risks continuing funding for climate-wrecking farming models 😷

If it's serious about the #EUGreenDeal, the @EU_Commission must step in and ensure 🇪🇺countries stop harmful subsidies and fund climate-friendly farming instead…
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Societies that build on democracy and common values stand on stable ground.

These values are part of our soul, part of what defines us today.

We are determined to defend them. And we will never waver in that determination.

From 2022, our Rule of Law reports will come with recommendations to EU countries.

The European budget is the future of our Union cast in figures.

When it comes to protecting our budget, we will pursue every case, with everything in our power.

Freedom also means freedom from fear.

And during the pandemic, too many women were deprived of that freedom.

By the end of year, we will propose a law to combat violence against women.

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We stand by the Afghan people.

We must do everything to avert the real risk of a major famine and humanitarian disaster.

This is why we will increase again humanitarian aid for Afghanistan by 100 million euro - part of a new, wider Afghan Support Package.

We are working with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on a new EU-NATO Joint Declaration to be presented before the end of the year.

We need to invest in our joint partnership and to draw on each side’s unique strength.

From space to police trainers, from open source to development agencies, it is vital that we improve intelligence cooperation.

That’s why the EU could consider its own Joint Situational Awareness Centre.

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The State of the European Union address turns 10 tomorrow 🎂 and I’ve worked on #SOTEU communication since 2015.

After branding and developing visuals for six SOTEUs, here's a little peek at we learned, how we evolved and how we improved 👇
Setting the scene: SOTEU 2015.

President @JunckerEU's first speech. The refugee crisis, the economy, the Greek crisis, Britain, Ukraine, climate change… delicate topics, huge challenges and no a small amount of European soul-searching.
Balancing these themes/political context, we stayed close to traditional EU symbols and colours for a sense of unity and identity.

Design team was involved at a later stage and drip-fed info.

What still makes me cringe: the crooked scanned letter of intent.
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Erste Male als EU-Korrespondent: gerade erstmals (ja, ich gebe es zu) eine Debatte im EU-Parlament vollständig verfolgt. Ging um #Fitfor55 - den #GreenDeal der EU und das Ziel, Treibhausgase bis 2030 um 55 Prozent zu reduzieren.

Eindrücke eines Novizen hier im Thread... (1/x)
Also: 64 (!) Redebeiträge - davon 60 Parlamentarier, von denen die meisten nur 1 Minute sprechen dürfen. 60 Sekunden! (Nur Berichterstatter u Fraktionsvorsitzende haben wenig mehr.) Das ist extrem kurz, schon die Ansprache nimmt manchmal ein Sechstel der Zeit in Anspruch. (2/x)
Das hat eine Folge: die Redebeiträge müssen notgedrungen extrem an der der Oberfläche bleiben. Eine tiefergehende Beschäftigung mit Aspekten der Fitfor55-Strategie, ja eine echte Debatte? Kann gar nicht entstehen. (3/x)
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In the early days of the pandemic, many leaders around the world chose a “my country first” approach.

This was not the EU’s choice.

We have worked continuously to bring different international players together and launch a global recovery.

Find out more ↓

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Europe has led global vaccine cooperation.

We’ve been a leading force behind #COVAX to share vaccines with low- and middle-income countries.

We also co-hosted the Global Health Summit to prevent and prepare for future pandemics.

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We have opened new chapters of cooperation with our closest partners:

🇬🇧 The EU and the UK reached a mutually beneficial trade and cooperation agreement.

🇺🇸 We set out a new EU–US agenda for global change, and created a EU–US Trade and Technology Council.

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Throughout the pandemic, we continued working to turn the #EUGreenDeal into reality.

We also presented a new vision for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030, and measures to build a strong social Europe

Find out more here and in our thread ↓

The European Climate Law enshrined in legislation the EU’s commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

To deliver on this ambitious target, we presented in July 2021 a #EUGreenDeal package made up of 12 different proposals.

In March 2021, we presented our vision for Europe’s Digital Decade, with clear targets on:

🌐 digital infrastructure
🎯 skills
📲 digitalisation of businesses and public services

#DigitalEU #SOTEU
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The European economy is bouncing back strongly.

This is thanks to policy decisions taken since the very early days of the pandemic and to the fast vaccine roll-out.

Find out more in our new brochure and in our thread ↓

#NextGenerationEU #SOTEU
From the start of the pandemic, Europe took economic measures laying the foundations of our recovery.

EU countries were able to use the flexibility of State aid rules to support the economy.

In 2020 alone, funds from SURE scheme helped keep 25-30 million people in jobs.

To finance the recovery, we reached a historic agreement on the largest package ever financed through the EU budget.

It consists of:

🔹 The EU’s long-term budget for 2021 to 2027 (€1.211 trillion) 

🔸 NextGenerationEU (€806.9 billion) 

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For more than a year, our priority has been to lead the way out of the global health crisis.

Find out more in our new brochure and in our thread ↓!d3Y6hF #SOTEU Image
Firstly, we worked on procuring vaccines to Europeans.

A broad portfolio was created and today more than 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

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In the spirit of European solidarity, we mobilised funding to support:

🩺 the delivery of equipment, medicines, antigen tests
🔬 urgent research into variants

More than €7.6 billion was reallocated under the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative.

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There's been quite a few new development when it comes to Rule of Law in the EU lately. Here's an overview in no particular chronological order.

1) Leading academics are putting pressure on @vonderleyen to let her words in #SOTEU speech turn into action:…
2) Orbán wants @VeraJourova to resign because she "insulted" Hungary in a @derspiegel interview (aka said there were some real issues with rule of law in Hungary).…
3) @EU2020DE is negotiating an "anti-corruption clause" for the recovery fund, trying to get around Hungary and Poland's rejection of a RoL mechanism that would sanction countries breaching EU values more broadly. I hope this won't be watered down any further. @MiRo_SPD
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1/ Thanks for having me to #EUInfluencer to talk about trends emerging from digital communication, corona and the latest EU policies!

Here are a few thoughts 👇
2/ While digital has changed political communication, it is important to remember the communication objectives remain the same:

📰 Media attention
📢 Messaging
🤝 Mobilisation
🙋 reaching people
🌐 Building networks and communities
3/ Digital has changed is the communications environment.

📺 New channels, like blogs and social media influencers
🌀 New conventions, like a 24 hr cycle of content production
💰 Costs of participation down
📊 New measures and metrics
🛠️ New tools for connecting
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As always, we'll be live-tweeting the best bits from the online conference, so stay tuned to hear more from our experts @katarinabarley, Robert Sermek, @_PaulSchmidt, Lucia Mokrá, and Ol'ga Gyárfáśová!

Robert Sermek from @EP_Bratislava is currently welcoming our audience in place and at home to the conference, and presents the perspective of the @Europarl_EN on the topic of Euroscepticism in Slovakia

"Over 70% of MEPs are pro-European, so the predicted Eurosceptic tsunami of 2019 did not occur as predicted. But this isn't to say it's not a problem we need to face"

- Robert Sermek from @EP_Bratislava

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The languages used in 🇪🇺 @EU_Commission President’s annual State of the European Union speeches 💬 #SOTEU

A thread 🧵 1/
Wednesday, @POLITICOEurope published and interesting article on the languages used by @vonderleyen in her first #SOTEU2020 speech. In it they made a surprising claim: that UvdL had abandoned his predecessor’s balanced use of English, French and German. 2/

Out of skepticism and curiosity I went through all the #SOTEU speeches (on @europarlAV ) to see how the 🇪🇺 EU’s three working languages were employed.

I used timeshare of each language because original transcripts for these speeches do not exist.

So here is what I found:
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Can the Green Deal really be considered as Europe's new growth strategy? A super short thread, with some numbers 👇 #ClimateChange #GreenDeal #EUGreenDeal #SOTEU
1. According to the macro-models used by the European Commission itself to assess the new 2030 climate target, the answer is: NO. At best, the EC economy would expand by 0.5% due to increased climate ambition.
2. This is not surprising. Other studies have illustrated that the macroeconomic effect of Green New Deals is likely to be small (around +0.1% of annual GDP growth according the literature review conducted by Gueret et al, 2019)…
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In her #SOTEU speech yesterday, @vonderleyen reaffirmed @EU_Commission commitment to rule of law & said EU money would be “protected against any kind of fraud, corruption & conflict of interest.”


The EU should use its budget to uphold democracy:… Image
The EU urgently needs to equip itself with a robust tool tying member states’ access to EU funds to respect for core democratic obligations.

This has been a long time coming, and - thankfully - it seems Council, Commission and Parliament are all headed in the right direction.
The ball is now in Germany's court, because it holds the EU’s rotating presidency until December 2020.

It thus becomes a matter of Merkel's legacy: will she reinforce the foundations of democracy in Europe before she departs the stage?
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#SOTEU: It often takes a good lunch to digest EU blah blah, so here we go
There was substance, on health especially. Any push by the Commission to wrest away national powers is notable. Von der Leyen was explicit: dealing with future crises will need the EU empowered more
On that same note, mention of 'own resources' revenues was notable in its absence. The Commission is not banging the drum for tax-collecting power yet, while the EP is desperate for it. UVDL mentioned the possible sources (border tax etc) but not that explicit link
Climate, of course, got a target: 55%. More meat on the bones tomorrow on how to achieve that, so best to hold off until there's official confirmation of what the Comm plan is. UVDL says 55% is 1.5 degrees Paris-compliant, while others will tell you it is not
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📊🇫🇷🇪🇺 Près de deux tiers des Français (65%) souhaitent que les pouvoirs de décision soient renforcés au niveau de la France "même si cela doit conduire à limiter ceux de l'Europe"

21% souhaitent renforcés les pouvoirs de l'Europe

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Mais les Français demeurent partagés sur l'appartenance de la France a l'UE

A peine la moitié (53%) déclare que l’appartenance de la France à l’Union Européenne est "une bonne chose" mais un tiers est prêt à affirmer que c'est une mauvaise chose (34%). Les autres sont indécis. Image
Dans la droite ligne du vote de 2005, une majorité de Français rejette l'UE telle qu'elle se forme actuellement (52%) tout en restant globalement favorable au projet en lui-même Image
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In a speech spanning the need to uphold the global rules-based order to discrimination within the EU, commission chief @vonderleyen made her case for a green and digital transformation of the continent while referencing 'great European' John Hume #SOTEU…
Here is @vonderleyen's tribute to the late Nobel Laureate John Hume.
She quoted his words on difference being "the essence of humanity", as she spoke about day-to-day discrimination and the need to build "a truly anti-racist union"
Von der Leyen quoted Margaret Thatcher as she urged Britain to uphold the Withdrawal Agreement.
“Britain does not break Treaties. It would be bad for Britain, bad for relations with the rest of the world, and bad for any future Treaty on trade”.
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Hoy @vonderleyen abrió el Debate sobre el Estado de la Unión con un discurso en el que remarcó que esta tiene que ser la Década #Digital 🇪🇺.

Abro hilo sobre los pilares: en datos, tecnologías e infraestructuras. Con una mirada geopolítica, social, verde y económica.
- 20% de inversiones de #NextGenerationEU se destinarán a tres áreas: conectividad, habilidades y servicios públicos digitales.
- Otro 20% del Plan de Recuperación fortalecerá la soberanía digital en tres áreas: nube europea, conectividad regional, y quantum y supercomputación.
Principales acciones:
- Puesta en marcha de una #Identidad Digital Europea segura y gobernanza de datos personales.
- Cerrar la brecha con lo #rural en infraestr. y conectividad: financiación de redes de ancha banda para el 40% aún sin acceso + human-centred AI para agricultura.
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The #SOTEU was very presidential - and not in a good way. @vonderleyen dropped a lot of headlines but gave very little indication of where the @EU_Commission is headed and failed to strengthen the EP‘s Hand in the ongoing negotiations.

A few examples:
1/ The EU is in the worst recession in history. To get out of it, the EU will need a Post-Corona consensus on fiscal policy. This will take time and probably new rules. The Commission should steer this debate. But nothing on this in the speech but a vague reference.
2/ @vonderleyen promised new spending on digital and climate-related European projects - but she doesn’t have the money. She could have asked member states for it when the Green Deal came out and when the Recovery Instrument was presented. She didn’t, and now it’s too late.
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.@vonderleyen on Internal Market Bill

“This WA took 3 years to negotiate and we worked relentlessly on it, line by line, word by word. And together we succeeded. And the result guarantees our citizens’ rights, financial interests, the integrity of the SM, and crucially the GFA
“The EU and UK jointly agreed it was the best and only way for ensuring peace on the island of Ireland. We will never backtrack on that. This agreement has been ratified by this House [EP] and by the House of Commons.
“It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or disapplied. This is a matter of law and trust and good faith.
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I have a feeling this tweet will soon be quite applicable to @vonderleyen’s State of the Union.
✅ Health Union: check
✅ Economic and Monetary Union: check
✅ Capital Markets Union: check
✅ Industrial Union: check
Getting there!
✅ Digital Union: check
🎁 BONUS: Anti-racist Union
🎁 BONUS: Union of Equality
#SOTEU #SOTEU2020 🇪🇺
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