State of the Union 2016

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 (2017 in this case).
Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, delivered his second
State of the Union speech on 14 September 2016.
An authorised version of his 2016 State of the Union speech, the letter of intent and a Report on Progress on the Commission’s 10 Priorities are included in the current booklet.
A complete transcript of the speech and the President’s closing remarks, other language versions and additional material are available at
This provides a complete picture of the State of the Union 2016, as seen by President Juncker.
It constitutes the European Commission’s contribution to the informal meeting of
the 27 Heads of State or Government in Bratislava on 16 September 2016.

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