Fri. Jul 19th, 2024
At 9.00 on 15 September, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver her State of the European Union address to the European Parliament, followed by a debate with MEPs.

Ursula von der Leyen is expected to outline the impact of the Commission’s work in the past year, particularly in tackling the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. She will also share with MEPs her vision for responding to the challenges the EU faces, including the economic recovery, the fight against climate change, the digitalisation agenda and the Conference on the Future of Europe.

MEPs, in their responses, will assess the Commission’s work and the initiatives envisaged for the coming year. They will also present their own views and ideas; the annual State of the Union debate is a chance for MEPs to scrutinise the work and plans of the European Commission and help set the EU’s direction.


The State of the European Union debate is a key moment to demonstrate the European Commission’s accountability towards the EU’s democratically elected representatives. This annual event is significant to promote a more transparent and democratic Union. It is an opportunity to bring the European Union closer to the citizens, highlighting the year’s core action points and challenges. Citizens’ rights and the democratic process are at the heart of this unique plenary debate

How to follow the address and debate

Statement by the President of the Commission
Debate: Wednesday, 15 September

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