Every year in September, the President of the European Commission delivers the State of the Union address before the European Parliament, taking stock of the past year and presenting priorities for the year ahead. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will deliver her address on 15 September 2021. The speech will be followed by a plenary debate with members of the European Parliament.

The President also sets out how the Commission will address the most pressing challenges the European Union is facing and ideas for shaping the future of the EU.

Priorities of the von der Leyen Commission

The priorities set at the beginning of the mandate remain valid in addressing today’s challenges. The Commission has redoubled its efforts to fight the pandemic and to lead Europe out of the economic crisis, while not losing sight of its political priorities. The Commission stands fully committed to delivering on its flagship initiatives, the European Green Deal and the Digital Strategy, as they are key to relaunching the European economy and building a more resilient, sustainable, fair and prosperous Europe.

Europe is fully engaged in the transition to a healthy planet and a new digital world. But it can only do so by bringing people together and upgrading our unique social market economy to fit today’s new ambitions. This means making the most of our strengths and potential, and focusing on equality and creating chances for all, whether for women or men, whether from East, West, South or North, whether young or old. Europe will continue to strive for more.

Read the full speech here.

Source: European Commission

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