The EU's key priorities in the near future will be debated with Commission president José Manuel Barroso following his State of the Union address during the September plenary. Other issues on the agenda include strengthening crime victims' rights, energy efficiency, the EU's budget for next year, a strategy for the EU's foreign policy and plans for a banking union.
Commission president Barroso will unveil his plans for the year to come during his annual State of the Union address on Wednesday 12 September, which will be followed by a debate with MEPs. MEPs will also discuss the EU's budget for next year with representatives of the Cypriot Council Presidency on Tuesday 11 September. In addition the Commission is working on a proposal for a banking union. On Thursday 13 September MEPs will vote on a resolution calling for the banking union to be ambitious.
Foreign policy will also be extensively discussed when MEPs are asked on Wednesday 12 September to vote on the annual report on the common foreign and security policy, while the previous day they will enter into debate with Catherine Ashton, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs.