World Economic Forum in Davos: President von der Leyen underlines Europe’s ambitious role in the world in keynote speech

Today, President von der Leyen delivered a keynote speech at the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “This is about Europe shaping its own future”, the President said, stressing Europe’s ambition to lead the fight against climate change and promote a human-centric approach towards the processing and protection of data. The President emphasised that an inclusive approach is needed to address the pressing challenges to our daily lives and global order. She said: “We need to rediscover the power of cooperation, based on fairness and mutual respect. This is what I call ‘geopolitics of mutual interests’. This is what Europe stands for. This is what Europe will work for, with all those who are ready to join.” On climate action, President von der Leyen stressed Europe’s first-mover advantage, using the European Green Deal as a regenerative growth model to give back resources to the planet. The speech will be available in EN, FR and DE here.