European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker comes to Parliament on 13 September to review the year and announce new initiatives in a debate with MEPs.

The State of the European Union debate is an annual event that kicks off the new political season after the summer break. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, will address Parliament to give an account of what the Commission has done in the past 12 months and also announce its plans for the coming year. The speech and the discussion with MEPs that follows provide an opportunity to reflect on the challenges facing Europe, including Brexit negotiations, security concerns and prospects for a closer economic union.

 

The debate in the plenary chamber in Strasbourg starts on Wednesday morning at 9.00 CET with a statement by Juncker followed by reactions from leaders of political groups and other MEPs.

 

Live coverage

 

The European Parliament is offering you a variety of ways to follow the event.

 

You can watch it live on our website, on EbS or on our Youtube page.

 

Our dashboard contains live streaming as well as background information, profiles of key speakers and political groups, photos, relevant tweets and videos and much more.

 

Our Storify coverage will bring you live updates, including quotes, photos and videos throughout the debate.

 

For live updates from the debate with quotes from Juncker and political group leaders, check out our Twitter account in English or our accounts in other official EU languages. Join the online discussion using the hashtag #SOTEU.

 

Facebook

 

On Tuesday 12 September, Parliament President Antonio Tajani gives a live video interview on Parliament's Facebook page. The State of the Union debate will also be streamed live on Facebook.

 

MEPs’ views

 

Find out what MEPs have to say about the State of the Union on social media using EP Newshub.

 

Audiovisual materials

 

Extensive coverage by Parliament's audiovisual services will be available on a dedicated page.

 

Shaping Europe’s future

 

Since the last State of Union debate in September 2016, many important political developments have taken place: the UK has triggered the procedure for leaving the EU, while in Paris and Berlin, steps are being proposed to bring Europe closer together.

 

Already in February MEPs adopted three reports setting out how they believe the EU needs to be reformed in order to boost its capacity to act, restore people’s trust and make the economy more resilient.

 

Meanwhile the Commission published five reflection papers as a starting point for a debate on the future of European integration. Each paper was dedicated to a specific theme: Europe’s social dimension, globalisation, the economic and monetary union, defence and finances.

 

The papers contain ideas and scenarios for what Europe could be like in 2025, but no specific proposals. In his state of the union address, Juncker is expected on expand on these topics that have already been discussed by MEPs during plenary sessions.