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State of the Union speech and debate on 14 September 2016

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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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2016 State of the Union address

2016 State of the Union web page

2016 Debate on the State of the European Union

2016 State of the Union speech

Key messages

2016 State of the Union debate

State of the Union 2016 brochure: authorised speech, Letter of Intent, progress report and more

Commission and its priorities

President Juncker's web page


2015 State of the Union address

2015 State of the Union speech and reactions

Speech - State of the Union 2015: Time for Honesty, Unity and Solidarity

Letter from Commission President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans to the Presidents of the Parliament and the Council of the EU

Press contacts

European Commission

  • Margaritis SCHINAS

European Commission Chief Spokesperson
Office: BERL 04/333
Tel: +32 (0)2 29 60524
Mobile: +32 (0)496 583 826
Twitter: @MargSchinas


European Commission Deputy Chief Spokesperson
Office: BERL 04/342
Tel: +32 (0)2 29 91382
Mobile: +32 (0)498 991 382
Twitter: @Mina_Andreeva

  • Alexander WINTERSTEIN

European Commission Deputy Chief Spokesperson, also covering Budget & Human Resources
Office: BERL 04/319
Tel: +32 (0)2 29 93265
Mobile: +32 (0)460 793 265
Twitter: @A_WintersteinEC

  • Natasha BERTAUD

Coordinating Spokesperson for the Activities of the President and Policies of the First Vice-President
Spokesperson for Better Regulation, Inter-institutional Affairs, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship
Office: BERL 04/353
Tel: +32 (0)2 29 67456
Mobile: +32 (0)460 767 456
Twitter: @NatashaBertaud

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