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State of the Union addresses

Charting the course for the year ahead

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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 addresses by President von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, delivered her third State of the Union address on 14 September 2022.

Below, you can also find the addresses delivered in 2020 and 2021.

State of the Union Address 2022 by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

State of the Union 2022

Main themes: EU support for Ukraine, overcoming the energy crisis, climate, rule of law, democracy, support for European enterprises

BeBe Vio, Paralympic Games Gold Medalist in the European Parliament during the State of the Union Address (SOTEU)

State of the Union 2021

Main themes: COVID-19, global health, vaccination, stronger Europe in the world, European Chips Act, European Defence Union, rule of law and media freedom

State of the Union Address 2020 by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

State of the Union 2020

Main themes: COVID-19 pandemic, NextGenerationEU, European Health Union, Industrial Strategy, Europe’s Digital Decade, New European Bauhaus