MEPs will scrutinise the work of the European Commission on 14 September to ensure the EU addresses Europeans' key concerns. Follow the State of the EU debate live.
What is the State of the European Union debate?
Every September, the President of the European Commission comes to the European Parliament to discuss with MEPs what the Commission has done over the past year, what it intends to do in the coming year and its vision for the future. This is known as the State of the European Union debate or SOTEU.
Following the Commission President's presentation, MEPs, as the elected representatives of EU citizens, hold the Commission to account and scrutinise its work to make sure that the key concerns of Europeans are being addressed.
The State of the EU debate influences the Commission's work programme for the coming year.
Why is the 2022 State of the EU debate important?
The priorities that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented during last year’s State of the European Union debate are still relevant, including efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences and the digital transformation.
The Parliament, in line with Europeans' proposals for EU change adopted by the Conference on the Future of Europe, expects the EU to listen to people's demands and react with ambitious policies, particularly in moments of crisis.
How to follow the State of the EU debate?
The debate will be streamed live on our website on Wednesday 14 September from 9.00 CET. Interpretation will be available in all of the EU's 24 official languages - simply select the language of your choice.
Parliament now also offers a speech to text tool. Open the link to the streaming, then open the speech to text tool, join as a guest and simply choose the language you wish. It is available in the majority of the EU’s official languages.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SOTEU.
You will find photos and videos of the event in Parliament’s multimedia centre.
Follow what MEPs are saying about the State of the European Union debate on social media via the Newshub.