What values will von der Leyen really uphold?


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This joint article by the organisations listed below was first published in EurActiv.

From turning out in record numbers for the European elections, to taking to the streets to call for climate action or an end to government corruption, people are overwhelmingly demanding a new vision for Europe. At the core of these demands is the desire to improve lives, through the respect of fundamental values: equality, justice, solidarity, environmental protection and human rights.

For those who voted for a fairer and greener Europe, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s proposals, which include a number of unsuitable mandates and controversial candidates to lead the European Commission, fall far short of the mark on many fronts, including democracy, peace, social inclusion and poverty eradication, a fairer trade policy and climate action.

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