On 20 January, European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, gave a speech at the European Parliament plenary debate on the inauguration of the new President of the United States and on the current political situation.
Ursula von der Leyen spoke in praise of Joe Biden’s oath as a “message of healing for a deeply divided nation”, but also as a “message of hope for a world that is waiting for the U.S. to be back in the circle of like-minded states”.
European Commission President sent out message that EU-U.S. leadership is needed to resolve global challenges which need renewed and improved global cooperation. She said: “And I am delighted that on day one – as they announced – of the new American administration, the United States will rejoin the Paris Agreement. This will be a very strong starting point for our renewed cooperation.”
The EU is looking forward to seeing the United States join the common effort to fight the pandemic and secure vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, as reported by eureporter.co.
The President also invoked the subject of cooperation in the field of technology. She referred to the recently presented Digital Services Act and the Digital Market Act, which provide a single set of new rules applicable across the whole EU, create a safer and more open digital space. Among other things they establish clear principles regarding power of major platforms over public debate, protect users’ fundamental rights. Ursula von der Leyen presented an offer to the new U.S. administration to lay out a common global approach to jointly create a digital economy rulebook that is valid worldwide.
Fight against hate and disinformation
Talking about the storming of Capitol Hill, Ursula von der Leyen warned that some people in Europe may have similar feelings and stressed that actions are needed to prevent messages of hate and disinformation from spreading. She pointed out that despite deep-rooted confidence in European democracy, Europe is not immune to similar events.
It should be mentioned that the storming of the US Capitol occurred on January 6, 2021. It was carried out by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
By some estimates, Russian military intelligence-linked militant groups may have participated in the storming of the U.S. Capitol building that is proved by the analytic investigation of photos and videos from open sources.