Wake-up call 16/9: General Political Considerations – European ‘speech from the throne’ in Brussels

Good morning to you! In The Hague, the General Political Considerations begin with the input of the House of Representatives. And in Brussels, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, pronounces its first State of the Union

There are clouds over the country, but the sun still shines regularly. It remains dry in most places and, with an increasing northern wind, it reaches 21 to 28 degrees. From Thursday onwards, there will be plenty of sunshine again and in the afternoon it will be 20 degrees or just a little more.

Are you going on the road? Here you will find an overview of the traffic jams and works. Check here the timetable for the railways.

What can you expect today?

Yesterday was Prince‘s Day, which means that today the General Political Considerations will begin: the most important political debate. The Chamber responds to the Cabinet’s plans for next year. Tomorrow, Mark Rutte will speak on behalf of the Cabinet. The General Political Considerations can be followed from 10.15 a.m. on NPO1, NPO Politiek and CCeit.nl. A new parliamentary year also begins in Brussels. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen delivers her first speech on the State of the European Union, a kind of Brussels speech from the throne. In it, she looks back over the past few months, including the handling of the corona crisis. She is also expected to announce new EU plans to further reduce CO2 emissions. The speech can be followed live on NPO News. The Tour de France continues in the Alps. The 17th stage finishes at the 21.5 km long Col de la Loze, an outdoor climb. French President Emmanuel Macron is in the car with race director Christian Prudhomme to follow the race

What did you miss?

There may already be a corona vaccine at the beginning of November, says President Trump. “We are very close,” he said at an election rally in Philadelphia. “The previous government might have needed years for a vaccine from the FDA and all the approvals. And we are weeks away from it.”

That would mean that that vaccine, which dozens of companies around the world are working on, would be ready before the presidential elections. But Trump‘s top advisor, infection expert Anthony Fauci, thinks that prediction is too optimistic. What is more, medical experts warn that accelerated approval could be at the expense of a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

Other news from the night:

Lack of understanding about the disappearance of the Amsterdam Centraal police station: the NS (Dutch Railways) and the Amsterdam transport company GVB fear that the safety of passengers will be compromised, they write a letter to the city council. Council Hoorn opts for ‘city talks’ about the future of the statue J.P. Coen: these talks should be about the future of the statue. People who want to get rid of the statue say that Coen is unjustly worshipped as a hero, while he is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people in the East Indies. The UN Security Council is demanding compliance with the arms embargo on Libya. Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, in particular, are said to be guilty of violations and to be supplying arms, as are several foreign companies

And then there is this:

LEGO is going to invest more than EUR 330 million to find an alternative to the plastic from which the world-famous building blocks (which you should not stand on) are made. At present, 90,000 tonnes of plastic are still used each year in the production of these colourful toys.

Lego claims to have listened to the many requests from children:

The Danish toy manufacturer wants the cubes to be made from sustainable raw materials within 10 years. Nothing should change in the appearance of the building blocks: “The challenge is to make blocks with exactly the same colour, the same shine and that make the same sound,” said the vice president of LEGO.

In the short term, all the plastic in the packaging will disappear. That will be replaced by paper.

Have a nice day!