In September each year, the President of the European Commission delivers the State of the Union address to the Parliament. The address takes stock of the achievements of the past year and presents the priorities for the year ahead.
The President also sets out how the Commission will address the most pressing challenges the European Union faces and ideas for shaping the future of the EU.
State of the Union 2023
In her State of the Union address on 13 September 2023, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined the main priorities and flagship initiatives for the year to come, building on the European Union's successes and achievements of the past years.
Main themes: EU support for Ukraine, overcoming the energy crisis, climate, rule of law, democracy, support for European enterprises
Main themes: COVID-19, global health, vaccination, stronger Europe in the world, European Chips Act, European Defence Union, rule of law and media freedom
Main themes: COVID-19 pandemic, NextGenerationEU, European Health Union, Industrial Strategy, Europe's Digital Decade, New European Bauhaus