Ursula von der Leyen on EU Covid digital certificates
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Speaking as part of her annual State of the European Union speech, Ms von der Leyen laid out her plans for the bloc’s new “health preparedness and resilience mission” as she made a series of claims as to the effectiveness of the EU’s coronavirus response. While in one bizarre claim she slammed how the world was simply pondering vaccine certifications compared to the EU who “just did it” as she claimed the bloc was a global leader in the rollout of the programme.
She said: “I am proposing a new health preparedness and resilience mission for the whole of the European Union.
“And it should be backed up by Team Europe investment of 50 million by 2027.”
The Commission President went on to say the enormous move was to ensure that “no virus will ever turn a local epidemic into a global pandemic”.
Ms von der Leyen also added how the move is a “big step forward” for the EU and thanked MEPs for the support.
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But then in the first of two bizarre claims, Ms von der Leyen insisted the European Union acted pragmatically during its coronavirus response.
She said: “We have shown that when we act together, we can act fast!
“Take the EU Digital certificate. Today, more than 400 million certificated have been generated across Europe.
“42 countries in 4 different continents are plugged in!”
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The Commission President claimed how MEP’s “pushed hard” and ”helped enormously” after the proposal was floated in March.
She added how “only” 3-months later the scheme was up and running thanks to the work of MEP’s and European Union bodies.
But in a boastful and surprising gloat to the rest of the World she hinted at the European Union’s pragmatism in its roll out of the programme.
She slammed: “So while the rest of the world was talking about it, Europe just did it!”
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However Ms von der Leyen’s speech was branded a “masterclass in vacuous false aggrandisement”, not least her insistence on the success of the bloc’s vaccine rollout, by former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib.
He told Express.co.uk: “Absolutely everything about Ursula von der Leyen is wrong.
“From her rigged election to the highest office in Europe, to her inflated sense of the EU’s (and her) importance. Her self-styled State of the Union address – yes, that is the title she chose – is a masterclass in vacuous false aggrandisement.”
And in a scathing conclusion, Mr Habib suggested the European Union’s publicity machine had “taken over where Pravda left off for the USSR”.
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