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World-leading virologist Peter Piot to advise President von der Leyen on the response to the coronavirus and COVID-19

The Commission has appointed Belgian virologist Peter Piot to the post of special advisor to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on the response to the coronavirus and COVID-19. In this role, he will advise the Commission in supporting and steering research and innovation in the global fight against the coronavirus […]

Coronavirus: President von der Leyen outlines EU budget as Marshall Plan for Europe’s recovery

Today, President Ursula von der Leyen gave a speech at the European Parliament plenary session on the EU’s coordinated action to fight the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences. The President honoured the memory of the tens of thousands of Europeans who have lost their lives. Their stories are strengthening our determination to do everything in […]

Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the EU coordinated action to combat the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences

Dear President, Honourable Members, There are no words that can do justice to Europe’s pain or to all those suffering across the world. We think and we pray for all of the families in mourning. And we promise to each other that we will tell their stories and honour their lives and their legacies. We […]