President von der Leyen addresses the World Economic Forum

May 24, 2022
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President von der Leyen delivered a special address in Davos, at the World Economic Forum. This year’s meeting is dominated by Russia’s war against Ukraine. President von der Leyen made clear that the war is not only a matter of Ukraine’s survival and European security. It is putting into question our whole international order.

The President described how the EU is supporting Ukraine, imposing unprecedented sanctions against Russia, proposing €10 billion worth of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine and now, a reconstruction platform to be led jointly by the European Commission and Ukraine. The platform invites global contributions – from international financial institutions and from any country that cares about the future of Ukraine.

[…] The EU is also supporting Africa to become less dependent on food imports. President von der Leyen announced that she is working with President El-Sisi of Egypt to address the repercussions of the war with an event on food security and solutions in Europe and in the region. The President concluded saying: “It is time to end unhealthy dependencies. It is time to create new connections. It is time to replace old chains with new bonds. Let’s overcome this huge challenge in cooperation. In the Davos spirit.”

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia