State of the European Union 2021

    15/09/2021 - 17:00
    Belgium, Virtual Event
    15/09/2021 - 18:00
    European Commission

Every year in September, the President of the European Commission delivers the State of the European Union (SOTEU) address before the European Parliament, taking stock of the past year and presenting priorities for the year ahead. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will deliver her address on 15 September 2021 at 9 AM CEST i.e. 5 PM AEST.

The speech will be followed by a plenary debate with members of the European Parliament.

The SOTEU will address the most pressing questions in challenging times for Europe. The EU reached its goal to have 70% of the population fully vaccinated, but the coronavirus pandemic still continues to impact all aspects of European society.

The State of the European Union debate is always a key moment to demonstrate the European Commission’s accountability towards the EU’s democratically elected representatives. The focus is on important issues, like the coming economic recovery, climate change, youth unemployment and migration flows. This annual event is significant to promote a more transparent and democratic Union. It is an opportunity to bring the European Union closer to the citizens, highlighting the year’s core action points and challenges. Citizens’ rights and the democratic process are at the heart of this unique plenary debate.

Watch the address below