On Wednesday 12 September, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will deliver his fourth State of the Union Address in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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.
In last year’s speech, President Juncker outlined his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025 and presented a Roadmap for a ‘More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union‘. The speech was accompanied by concrete initiatives on trade, investment screening, cybersecurity, industry and data. Building on this, national leaders met in Tallinn, Estonia, and agreed on a Leaders’ Agenda – a list of the most pressing issues and challenges for which solutions should be found, ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019. On 9 May 2019, at a summit in Sibiu, Romania, national leaders are expected to mark the culmination of this process with a renewed commitment to an EU that delivers on the issues that really matter to people.
This year’s speech will again be accompanied by new proposals, putting words immediately into action.
The State of the Union Address marks the start of the dialogue with the European Parliament and the Council to prepare the Commission’s annual Work Programme.