The European Union is getting a new set of top officials on Sunday at a time when the bloc faces increasing challenges.
Belgium's Charles Michel succeeded Donald Tusk as EU Council president and chair the summits of EU leaders.
Germany's Ursula von der Leyen officially replaced Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, two days after a handover ceremony, becoming the first woman in the job.More news: 49ers NFC West lead in jeopardy after loss to Ravens
European Union commission's new leader Von der Leyen said she will make a new pact on Migrants and Asylum, which will be introduced by February next year.
'We have overcome many obstacles to be standing here, prosperous and free in the heart of Europe, ' said Michel at the ceremony with David Sassoli, the new president of the European Parliament and the head of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde.
"We need to turn the promises of the past few months into results that improve people's lives", he said.More news: Liverpool opens up 11-point lead over Man City in EPL
Her goal of a totally gender-balanced EU executive top team already fell by the wayside in the tussle between EU lawmakers and member states to appoint European commissioners.
According to the Blue House, the conversation was arranged at the EU's request, . with von der Leyen exchanging greetings with the leaders of G20 member nations.
On Sunday, her first day at the helm, she repeated to journalists her objective to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, meaning carbon emissions should be fully offset by measures that cut CO2, like planting trees. "Europe is leading in this topic and we know that we have to be ambitious for our planet", she told reporters.More news: Apple may bundle free Airpods with the iPhone 12
"On Friday, I am going to do my first trip outside the EU". In Addis Ababa, she will meet with Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the African Union Commission, as well as the president and prime minister of Ethiopia.