About: Ursula von der Leyen

EU-Africa 25-02-2021

Paris to bring African vaccine strategy on the table at EU virtual summit

When EU heads of states and government hold an online meeting on Thursday (25 February), they will discuss a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron to send 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 24-02-2021

Von der Leyen tells skittish Europeans: ‘I’d take AstraZeneca vaccine’

The European Union’s most senior administrator said she would happily receive AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine as officials rushed to find ways of ensuring doses refused by skittish Germans did not go to waste.
Coronavirus 18-02-2021

Commission takes action to preempt new COVID strains, fast track variant vaccines

The European Commission has launched a new bio-defence preparedness plan designed to bolster Europe’s preparedness against the looming threat of new coronavirus strains, which includes moves to fast-track future variant vaccines.
Health 17-02-2021

EU to launch programme for ‘second generation’ COVID-19 vaccines

The EU will launch a programme to study Covid-19 variants and produce "second generation" vaccines against future strains, the Commission president has said.
Politics 12-02-2021

Tweets of the Week: Vaccine Mistakes, Russia Aftermath, OpenLux

Von der Leyen still dodges the blame, Borrell’s Russia excuses are incredibly lame and Luxembourg tax scandal is EU’s shame.
Europe's East 09-02-2021

Von der Leyen urges member states to donate vaccines to Ukraine

The European Commission chief said on Monday (8 February) she had called on EU member states to donate some of their coronavirus jabs to Ukraine, as it prepares to launch its vaccination campaign.
Health 05-02-2021

Countdown to ‘catastrophe’: How the EU fight for COVID shots unfolded

This Reuters report is based on exclusive details of internal EU talks over the past month in diplomatic notes, and interviews of four people present at key meetings to verify them.
Politics 05-02-2021

Tweets of the Week: Mario Draghi, Article 16, EU Cancer Plan

Italy turns to former financier, Article 16 is not the answer and EU steps up plans to fight cancer.
Brexit 03-02-2021

How the vaccine export control blunder exposed von der Leyen’s ‘flawed’ centralism

Relevant EU commissioners were not consulted and staffer members had less than 30 minutes for a “quick check” before the EU's proposed vaccine export control mechanism was presented to journalists last Friday (29 January), officials told EURACTIV.
Health 03-02-2021

MEPs grill von der Leyen over shaky COVID-19 vaccine strategy

EU lawmakers questioned Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for hours on Tuesday (2 February) over the slow rollout and shortage of COVID-19 vaccines as she took responsibility for an export control plan that angered Britain and Ireland.
Coronavirus 01-02-2021

AstraZeneca to increase EU vaccine deliveries by 30%: Von der Leyen

AstraZeneca will increase its coronavirus vaccine deliveries to the EU by 30%, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday (31 January) as the bloc sought to claw back time lost rolling out the jabs.

Biodiversity needs its own Paris Agreement, von der Leyen says

The world needs a Paris-style agreement for biodiversity, the President of the European Commission said on Tuesday (26 January).
Health 27-01-2021

Brussels doesn’t buy AstraZeneca’s assurances it doesn’t sell EU doses to other countries

AstraZeneca's CEO insisted Tuesday (26 January) that the company was not selling vaccines ordered by the European Union to other countries at a profit, after delayed orders sparked fury from EU leaders.
Health 26-01-2021

Covid-19 vaccine firms must deliver, says EU chief

Companies producing Covid-19 vaccines "must deliver", EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday (26 January) as tensions mounted between her European Commission and pharmaceutical firms over delayed deliveries.
Coronavirus 25-01-2021

AstraZeneca vaccine deliveries must be delivered, Commission says

The European Commission expects contractual obligations of vaccines incurred by drug-maker Astrazeneca to be met as laid out in the original purchase agreements.
Coronavirus 22-01-2021

EU leaders ‘strongly discourage’ travel, eye tougher border rules

EU leaders on Thursday (21 January) "strongly discouraged" Europeans from non-essential travel and warned tougher restrictions on trips could come within days if efforts to curb the coronavirus fell short.
Global Europe 20-01-2021

EU calls on Biden to form ‘new transatlantic pact’

Hours before Joe Biden was to be sworn in as the next US president on Wednesday (20 January), EU leaders extended the invitation to cooperate more closely but also warned that four years of the Trump administration had changed the nature of transatlantic ties.
EU-China 19-01-2021

EU should assert ‘own interests and principles’ to Beijing, says MEP

In an interview with EURACTIV France, MEP Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D) speaks about the EU and China agreeing on 30 December in principle on a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CIA) after the French presidency assured on Monday that China's human rights "commitments" would be "very scrupulously checked".

Vaccination certificate ‘is a medical requirement’, says Von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (14 January) welcomed the Greek government's initiative allowing for vaccinated people to travel freely, and called for a mutually recognised vaccination certificate across European Union countries.

Businesses and consumers will decide whether the EU Green Deal works

As the European Commission fleshes out its Green Deal policy unveiled by Ursula von der Leyen one year ago, companies are looking at how they fit into the picture.
Coronavirus 08-01-2021

Commission takes evasive action over Germany’s vaccine side deal

The European Commission on Friday (8 January) refused to provide an answer on whether Germany's bilateral deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for 30 million extra doses has broken the commitment to joint procurement of vaccines.
Health 06-01-2021

EU watchdog gives green light for second Covid jab

The EU's medicines watchdog approved on Wednesday (6 January) a coronavirus jab by US firm Moderna, giving a shot in the arm for Europe's slow-moving vaccine roll-out.
Development Policy 05-01-2021

7 million children are suffering in Europe’s coffee supply chain

The coffee, tea and cocoa consumed in the European Union and even inside the European Commission buildings are produced with slave and child labour, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz.
EU-China 30-12-2020

EU seeks to rebalance China ties with controversial investment agreement

The EU and China agreed ‘in principle’ on Wednesday (30 December) to an investment deal that will give European companies greater access to Chinese markets and help redress what Europe sees as unbalanced economic ties. EU leaders and China’s President...
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