State of the EU debate 2021: how to follow it

The State of the EU debate, looking at work to date and plans for the future, takes place on 15 September in Strasbourg. Follow it live.

MEPs will question Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about her policies during the 2021 State of the EU debate.

What is the State of the European Union debate?

The State of the European Union debate takes place every September when 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 an opportunity for Parliament, the EU’s only directly-elected institution, to hold the European Commission to account. Members will scrutinise the Commission’s work and make sure that the key concerns of Europeans are addressed.

Why is the 2021 State of the EU debate important?

The priorities that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented during last year’s State of the European Union debate are still relevant: the EU continues its efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and move towards social and economic recovery, while staying true to its flagship programmes, such as the European Green Deal and the Digital Strategy.

What is the best way to follow it?

The debate will be streamed live online on our website on Wednesday 15 September from 9.00 CET. Interpretation will be available in all 24 official EU languages - simply select the language of your choice. The Parliament together with the Commission will also stream the debate on Facebook.

You can also join the discussion on our other social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SOTEU.

Find photos and videos of the event in Parliament’s multimedia centre.

Discover what MEPs say about the State of the European Union on their social media channels on Parliament's Newshub.

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