State of the Union 2015
Every year in September, the President of the European Commission delivers his State of the Union speech before the European Parliament, taking stock of achievements of the past year and presenting priorities for the year ahead. The President also sets out how the Commission will address the most pressing challenges the European Union is facing. The speech is followed by a plenary debate. This kick-starts the dialogue with Parliament and Council to prepare the Commission Work Programme for the following year. Anchored in the Treaty of Lisbon, the State of the Union address is foreseen in the... 2010 Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission, which also foresees that the President sends a letter of intent to the President of the European Parliament and the Presidency of the Council that sets out in detail the actions the Commission intends to take by means of legislation and other initiatives until the end of the following year (2016 in this case). Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, delivered his first State of the Union speech on 9 September 2015. He also made available an authorised version of his 2015 State of the Union address, and a Report on Progress on the Commission's 10 Priorities. These documents as well as the transcript of the speech and concluding remarks as delivered are meant to provide a complete picture of the State of the Union 2015, as seen by President Juncker.