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European Commission priorities: 2019-2024

Highlights from President von der Leyen's 2021 State of the Union address

Every 5 years, at the beginning of each new term of the European Commission, the President sets out the priority areas that the Commission will focus on.

Following the result of the European elections in 2019, and the mandate received from the European Council and the European Parliament, the von der Leyen Commission put forward a set of ambitious goals for Europe’s future:

  • climate neutrality by 2050
  • making the 2020s Europe’s Digital Decade
  • making Europe stronger in the world with a more geopolitical approach


Europe aims to be the first climate-neutral continent by becoming a modern, resource-efficient economy.
The EU must create a more attractive investment environment, and growth that creates quality jobs, especially for young people and small businesses.
We need to give Europeans a bigger say and protect our democracy from external interference such as disinformation and online hate messages.

The Recovery Plan for Europe

In addition to the 6 main priorities, the European Commission is also spear-heading a programme to support Europe’s recovery following the social and economic havoc caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

See how EU priorities are delivered in Ireland
Examples of projects and initiatives in Ireland

Related links

EU-wide priority setting
Political guidelines (2019-2024)
First year of the von der Leyen Commission
The European Commission’s work programme