On 16th September 2020, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave her maiden State of the Union address to the European Parliament. The State of the Union, as prescribed in the 2010 Framework, requires the President of the Commission to address the Parliament in September and outline the priorities for the Commission until the end of the upcoming year.
This year, as expected the future health of the Union was highlighted as a major focus of Union for the following year, von der Leyen emphasised the importance of mental and physical well-being for all Europeans and expressed her commitment to build a real European Health Union.
Furthermore, von der Leyen pledged that she will work to make the #EU4Health programme future proof including more funding and remedying the cuts made by the European Council to the initial proposal of the European Commission. She also talked about the establishment of a global Health Summit in Italy next year.
EuropeActive looks forward to the forthcoming policy plans of the European Commission and to collaborate with all stakeholders who are working to make more people more active more often.