On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will deliver his annual State of the Union address in the European Parliament Hemicycle.
In last year’s speech, President Juncker outlined his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. The speech was accompanied by concrete initiatives on trade, investment screening, cybersecurity, industry and data. This year’s speech comes ahead of the 2019 European elections and in the context of the ongoing debate about the future of the European Union at 27. The speech will again be accompanied by new proposals, putting words immediately into action.
Each year, the State of the Union address takes stock of achievements of the past year and presents the priorities for the year ahead. The President also sets out how the Commission will address the most pressing challenges the European Union is facing. The speech is followed by a plenary debate. This kick-starts the dialogue with the European Parliament and Council to prepare the Commission Work Programme for the following year.
The European Commission will stream an enhanced version of the speech (with graphics, charts and various other visuals), via Facebook LIVE.
European Commission – Facebook page