On Thursday 14 September 2017, at 14h00, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will take part in a debate with three young 'YouTubers', to discuss his State of the Union address, delivered the previous day at the European Parliament.
The online debate, organised in collaboration with Euronews, Debating Europe and YouTube, will be an opportunity for a lively debate between the President and young people across Europe on the State of the Union and the #FutureofEurope debate.
After a broad debate across our continent on the #FutureofEurope, with citizens, the European Parliament, national Parliaments, local and regional authorities, and civil society at large, the President will take these ideas forward in his State of the Union address and give his personal views on the future of Europe as well as his priorities for the years to come.
Every year in September, the President of the European Commission delivers his State of the Union speech before the European Parliament, taking stock of achievements of the past year and presenting 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 Parliament and Council to prepare the Commission Work Programme for the following year.
Anchored in the Treaty of Lisbon, the State of the Union address is foreseen in the 2010 Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission, which also foresees that the President sends a letter of intent to the President of the European Parliament and the Presidency of the Council that sets out in detail the actions the Commission intends to take by means of legislation and other initiatives until the end of the following year (2018 in this case).
At 14h00 on Thursday 14 September 2017, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will participate in a debate with three young Europeans on YouTube: Abdel en Vrai from Belgium, Diana zur Löwen from Germany and Kovy from Czech Republic. The event will be broadcast live on Euronews, on Euronews' YouTube channel and on EbS, with interpretation available in all official EU languages. It will be streamed live in the Commission's press room.
More information on the 2017 State of the Union is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/state-union-2017_en
President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union Speech is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/state-union-2016_en
President Juncker's 2015 State of the Union Speech is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/state-union-2015_en
The White Paper on the future of Europe is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/white-paper-future-europe-reflections-and-scenarios-eu27_en