Annual debate on the State of the European Union
The President of the European Commission delivers her second State of the Union address before Parliament followed by a debate with Members of Parliament.
Every year, the State of the European Union debate (#SOTEU) is an opportunity for MEPs to relay citizens’ concerns to the head of the European executive and to demonstrate the European Commission’s accountability to the EU’s democratically elected representatives.
Citizens’ rights and the democratic process are at the heart of this unique plenary debate, in which MEPs assess the work accomplished by the Commission in the preceding twelve months and discuss future challenges. The 2021 State of the Union debate will focus on the role of, and the actions taken by, the Commission to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, to ensure a forward-looking recovery, and to deliver on the promises in the six policy priorities of the von der Leyen Commission.
Journalists can follow the debate online or live in Strasbourg and can participate in press briefings and conferences before and after the debate, unless access restrictions have to be applied due to national public health measures.
Journalists, photographers and audiovisual teams who are not holders of joint EU-institutional media accreditation need to apply for European Parliament media accreditation (and a recording permit when applicable) here in order to work in the European Parliament.
Extensive coverage by the Audiovisual Service of the European Parliament will be available on Parliament’s multimedia platform, including archive material on past State of the Union addresses.
Live coverage of the debate will be available on the usual platforms, as will EbS news summaries. Parliament’s Multimedia website will offer live replay blocks in broadcast quality for direct download, as well as photo coverage and audio recordings of the State of the Union address and debate.
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