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Ursula von der Leyen: Review of her mandate

Since taking office on December 1, 2019, Ursula von der Leyen has served as head of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union. As the first woman to serve as President, she opened the way for greater diversity and representation within European institutions.

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Ursula von der Leyen during a Statement on energy on the 7th of September/ Getty Images
Ursula von der Leyen during a Statement on energy on the 7th of September/ Getty Images

Assessment of Ursula von der Leyen’s mandate

During her mandate, Ursula von der Leyen faced unprecedented challenges, including managing the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership, the European Commission implemented the “Next Generation EU” recovery program aimed at supporting the economies of member states affected by the crisis. Additionally, she played a key role in coordinating efforts to ensure the supply of COVID-19 vaccines for the entire European Union.

In addition to the health crisis, Ursula von der Leyen has had to manage other major challenges, such as Brexit, geopolitical tensions with Russia and China, the Ukrainian conflict and issues related to climate change.

Finally, she pledged to make Europe a world leader in the fight against global warming by proposing the European Green Deal, an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the transition to an economy more sustainable. 

A second term?

As her current mandate draws to a close, speculation is rife about a potential new candidacy by Ursula von der Leyen for a second term at the head of the European Commission. His crisis management and his vision for the future of Europe have provoked diverse reactions within Member States and the European Parliament.

Some welcome his leadership and his commitment to a more united and resilient Europe, while others criticize his management of certain crises and his political proposals. The final decision on her candidacy will depend not only on her personal will, but also on the political support she is able to muster within the European institutions and Member States.

Things done, Monday February 19, Von der Leyen said “I am making a conscious and considered decision today: I wish to run for a second term” and affirmed “We must continue to defend ourselves against those who divide us from the “inside and from outside, we must strengthen ourselves (…), this is the task that I have set for myself.”

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