We blinked and September was gone. We can all agree that summer passed us by so fast, but we have to add that this September passed by even faster.

September is always a little hectic because everybody is coming back from vacation directly to the office and the e-mail inbox is full of surprises. 

Of course, we didn’t forget about the important topics throughout this summer. We talked a lot about the #teamgreen initiatives, big EU history moments, “new normal”/pandemic stuff and GDPR news.

In these past few months, we marked The International Day of Friendship, but also, we did commemorate the humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day.

We had to mention the great EU initiatives like “boosting infrastructure projects” when the Parliament adopted the renewed Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme on 6 July.

Also, we marked one big history day for EU – on September 10, in 1952 the European Parliament was founded.

Last but not the least, last month, the State of the European Union debate was held.

The State of the European Union debate takes place every September and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year.

The flagships among others will include:
- Continuing the vaccination efforts in Europe and speeding up vaccination globally, as well as strengthening the pandemic preparedness
- Working on closing the climate finance gap, together with our global partners
- Leading the digital transformation that will create jobs and drive competitiveness, while ensuring technical excellence and security of supply
- Ensuring fairer working conditions and better healthcare, and creating more opportunities for Europe’s youth to benefit from the - - European social market economy
- Stepping up our cooperation on security and defence, and deepening EU’s partnership with closest allies
- Defending European values and freedoms, and protecting the rule of law

“Our Union will be stronger if it is more like our next generation: reflective, determined and caring. Grounded in values and bold in action. This spirit will be more important than ever over the next twelve months", said Ursula von der Leyen.

And with that sentence in mind, we are going to finish this “summer becoming autumn” overview.

Stay tuned.

Your AP