When Ursula von der Leyen took office on Dec. 1, 2019, the Commission’s main goals were to lay down the foundations for the medium- to long-term development of the EU. The aim was to navigate — or at least start to navigate — through the green and digital transitions, while reinforcing Europe as a global player in the context of deteriorating relations between the United States and China. “What we do now will determine what kind of world our children live in and will define Europe’s place in the world,” von der Leyen stressed in mission letters to her team of EU commissioners.
The past four years have been significant for policymaking and EU affairs. The European Union has faced numerous challenges and opportunities, leading to important decisions that will shape a more resilient future. From economic recovery plans to climate change mitigation efforts, the EU has demonstrated its commitment to addressing pressing issues facing its member states and the global community.
2024 elections have the potential to redefine the political landscape and set the course for future policies, offering a chance for citizens to actively participate and voice their concerns, aspirations, and visions for the EU. Election outcomes will determine the direction of policymaking and priorities in the coming years.
Download the report to read about the key policy activity over the past four years and what to expect in this upcoming election year.