A SEVENTY PERCENT AVERAGE. That’s the part of the EU population that got fully vaccinated today 31 August 2021. Over 256 million adults (aged 18 years and above). A crucial milestone. Says the President of the European Commission: "The EU's strategy of moving forward together is paying off and putting Europe at the vanguard of the global fight against COVID-19.” The EU is leading the world in multilateral response to the pandemic
Joe Biden: "From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
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European Commission President Charles Michel: “This is a good deal. This is a strong deal. And most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe. We negotiated about money. But, of course, it is about a lot more than money. It is about workers and families, their jobs, their health and their well-being. I believe this agreement will be seen as a pivotal moment in Europe’s journey, but it will also launch us into the future. That is the magic of the European project”
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez: The Agreement in Brussels of the Coronavirus Recovery Plan marks “one of the most brilliant pages ever written in EU history.” It is “a historic agreement for the economic recovery of our country [i.e., Spain], not only in offering a response to the COVID-19 crisis, but also to the transformations needed.” The Agreement is 95% satisfactory for Spain and 100% for the whole of the EU.
Too many were not there on time when Italy needed a helping hand. For that, it is right that Europe as a whole offers a heartfelt apology. But now the real Europe is standing up, the one that is there for each other when it is needed the most. Now Europe is where paramedics from Poland and doctors from Romania save lives in Italy. Where ventilators from Germany provide a lifeline in Spain. Where hospitals in Czechia treat the sick from France. And where patients from Bergamo are flown to clinics in Bonn. . .
We must look out for each other. None of us can do it alone. And yet when Europe needed to prove that it is not just a ‘fair weather Union’, too many initially refused to share their umbrella.
The EU has lost the UK. Or, put differently, the UK has lost the EU. Put it any way you like. It hardly matters now, does it? Actually, not everything is final. There’s a transition period that will last until the end of 2020 in which the UK and EU will negotiate additional arrangements. . .
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As the night draws in this evening, the sun will set on more than 45 years of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. For us, as Presidents of the three main EU institutions, today will inevitably be a day of reflection and mixed emotions – as it will for so many people. Our thoughts are with all of those who have helped to make the European Union what it is today. Those who are concerned about their future or disappointed to see the UK leave. We will think of the UK and its people, their creativity, ingenuity, culture, and traditions, that have been a vital part of our Union’s tapestry.