European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on 14 September 2016, just two days ahead of the informal meeting of 27 Heads of State or Government in Bratislava.
In his speech President Juncker highlighted:
- Europe must invest strongly in its youth, jobseekers, and start-ups
- An ambitious Investment Plan for Africa – a lifeline for those who might risk dangerous journeys for a better life
- We propose free wireless for every European village and city by 2020
- Journalists, publishers and authors should be paid fairly for their work, wherever it's made and shared
- We will defend our borders with the new European Border and Coast Guard.
The EU’s State of the Union address is an annual speech given by the President of the European Commission to the European Parliament plenary session in September. Introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, the State of the Union address traditionally kick-starts the dialogue with Parliament and Member States on the political priorities and legislative plans for the following year. The address is followed by a general debate on the State of the Union.
In his 2015 State of the Union speech President Juncker called in particular for unity and solidarity in response to refugee crisis.
The first State of the Union address was given on 7 September 2010.
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