The State of the European Union is an annual speech and debate during which the members of Parliament review the European Commission’s achievements over the past year as well as assess its objectives for the year to come. Once the Commission President finishes his speech, there is an open debate with the members of Parliament.

The State of the Union is about ensuring transparency as well as political accountability. The debate takes place every year during the first plenary session of September.

The State of the European Union is an annual speech and debate during which the members of Parliament review the European Commission’s achievements over the past year as well as assess its objectives for the year to come. Once the Commission President finishes his speech, there is an open debate with the members of Parliament.

The State of the Union is about ensuring transparency as well as political accountability. The debate takes place every year during the first plenary session of September.

The State of the European Union is an annual speech and debate during which the members of Parliament review the European Commission’s achievements over the past year as well as assess its objectives for the year to come. Once the Commission President finishes his speech, there is an open debate with the members of Parliament.

The State of the Union is about ensuring transparency as well as political accountability. The debate takes place every year during the first plenary session of September.

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Jean-Claude Juncker European Commission President

Jean-Claude Juncker European Commission President

Jean-Claude Juncker European Commission President

Jean-Claude Juncker became president of the European Commission after being the lead candidate for the centre-right EPP group during the 2014 European elections.

Born in Luxembourg, he joined that country’s Christian Social People’s Party in 1974. Juncker served as prime minister from 1995 to 2013. During this time Juncker was also the president of the Euro group of eurozone finance ministers from 2004 to 2013. He also took up several ministerial position during his political career in Luxembourg.

Jean-Claude Juncker became president of the European Commission after being the lead candidate for the centre-right EPP group during the 2014 European elections.

Jean-Claude Juncker became president of the European Commission after being the lead candidate for the centre-right EPP group during the 2014 European elections.

Born in Luxembourg, he joined that country’s Christian Social People’s Party in 1974. Juncker served as prime minister from 1995 to 2013. During this time Juncker was also the president of the Euro group of eurozone finance ministers from 2004 to 2013. He also took up several ministerial position during his political career in Luxembourg.

Parliament’s role

As the EU’s only directly-elected body, the European Parliament acts as the people’s voice at the European level. During the 2014 European elections voters enjoyed for the first time the opportunity to influence who would become the new president of the European Commission. This change resulted in a greater role for the Parliament in setting the EU’s political agenda.

The annual State of the Union debate is a chance for the members of Parliament to scrutinise the work and the plans of the European Commission and help set the future for the EU.

Parliament’s role

As the EU’s only directly-elected body, the European Parliament acts as the people’s voice at the European level. During the 2014 European elections voters enjoyed for the first time the opportunity to influence who would become the new president of the European Commission. This change resulted in a greater role for the Parliament in setting the EU’s political agenda.

The annual State of the Union debate is a chance for the members of Parliament to scrutinise the work and the plans of the European Commission and help set the future for the EU.

Parliament’s role

As the EU’s only directly-elected body, the European Parliament acts as the people’s voice at the European level. During the 2014 European elections voters enjoyed for the first time the opportunity to influence who would become the new president of the European Commission. This change resulted in a greater role for the Parliament in setting the EU’s political agenda.

The annual State of the Union debate is a chance for the members of Parliament to scrutinise the work and the plans of the European Commission and help set the future for the EU.

Martin Schulz European Parliament President

Martin Schulz was elected as president of the European Parliament in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. He joined Germany’s Social Democratic Party at 19 and was a mayor in North Rhine-Westphalia for 11 years.

Schulz has been a member of the European Parliament since 1994 and served in a number of committees, first on the human rights sub-committee and then on the civil liberties committee. He led the SPD members from 2000 and was subsequently elected group leader of the Socialist members.

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Martin Schulz European Parliament President

Martin Schulz was elected as president of the European Parliament in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. He joined Germany’s Social Democratic Party at 19 and was a mayor in North Rhine-Westphalia for 11 years.

Schulz has been a member of the European Parliament since 1994 and served in a number of committees, first on the human rights sub-committee and then on the civil liberties committee. He led the SPD members from 2000 and was subsequently elected group leader of the Socialist members.

President's website

Martin Schulz European Parliament President

Martin Schulz was elected as president of the European Parliament in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. He joined Germany’s Social Democratic Party at 19 and was a mayor in North Rhine-Westphalia for 11 years.

Schulz has been a member of the European Parliament since 1994 and served in a number of committees, first on the human rights sub-committee and then on the civil liberties committee. He led the SPD members from 2000 and was subsequently elected group leader of the Socialist members.

President's website

EPP Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)

Manfred Weber is the German chair of the EPP group. EPP is composed of 215 members from 27 different countries.

www.eppgroup.eu

EPP Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)

Manfred Weber is the German chair of the EPP group. EPP is composed of 215 members from 27 different countries.

www.eppgroup.eu

EPP Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)

Manfred Weber is the German chair of the EPP group. EPP is composed of 215 members from 27 different countries.

www.eppgroup.eu

S&DGroup of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

Gianni Pittella is the Italian chair of the S&D group. S&D is composed of 189 members from 28 different countries.

www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu

S&DGroup of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

Gianni Pittella is the Italian chair of the S&D group. S&D is composed of 189 members from 28 different countries.

www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu

S&DGroup of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

Gianni Pittella is the Italian chair of the S&D group. S&D is composed of 189 members from 28 different countries.

www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu

ECR European Conservatives and Reformists Group

Syed Kamall is the UK chair of the ECR group. ECR is composed of 74 members from 18 different countries.

www.ecrgroup.eu

ECR European Conservatives and Reformists Group

Syed Kamall is the UK chair of the ECR group. ECR is composed of 74 members from 18 different countries.

www.ecrgroup.eu

ECR European Conservatives and Reformists Group

Syed Kamall is the UK chair of the ECR group. ECR is composed of 74 members from 18 different countries.

www.ecrgroup.eu

ALDE Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Guy Verhofstadt is the Belgian chair of the ALDE group. ALDE is composed of 70 members from 21 different countries.

www.alde.eu

ALDE Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Guy Verhofstadt is the Belgian chair of the ALDE group. ALDE is composed of 70 members from 21 different countries.

www.alde.eu

ALDE Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Guy Verhofstadt is the Belgian chair of the ALDE group. ALDE is composed of 70 members from 21 different countries.

www.alde.eu

GUE/NGL Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

Gabriele Zimmer is the German chair of the GUE/NGL group. GUE/NGL is composed of 52 members from 14 different countries.

www.guengl.eu

GUE/NGL Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

Gabriele Zimmer is the German chair of the GUE/NGL group. GUE/NGL is composed of 52 members from 14 different countries.

www.guengl.eu

GUE/NGL Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

Gabriele Zimmer is the German chair of the GUE/NGL group. GUE/NGL is composed of 52 members from 14 different countries.

www.guengl.eu

EFDD Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group

Nigel Farage is the UK co-chair and David Borrelli the Italian co-chair of the EFDD group. EFDD is composed of 46 members from eight different countries.

www.efddgroup.eu

EFDD Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group

Nigel Farage is the UK co-chair and David Borrelli the Italian co-chair of the EFDD group. EFDD is composed of 46 members from eight different countries.

www.efddgroup.eu

EFDD Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group

Nigel Farage is the UK co-chair and David Borrelli the Italian co-chair of the EFDD group. EFDD is composed of 46 members from eight different countries.

www.efddgroup.eu

GREENS/EFA Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Rebecca Harms is the German co-chair and Philippe Lamberts the Belgian co-chair of the Greens/EFA group. Greens/EFA is composed of 50 members from 17 different countries.

www.greens-efa.eu

GREENS/EFA Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Rebecca Harms is the German co-chair and Philippe Lamberts the Belgian co-chair of the Greens/EFA group. Greens/EFA is composed of 50 members from 17 different countries.

www.greens-efa.eu

GREENS/EFA Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Rebecca Harms is the German co-chair and Philippe Lamberts the Belgian co-chair of the Greens/EFA group. Greens/EFA is composed of 50 members from 17 different countries.

www.greens-efa.eu

ENF Europe of Nations and Freedom Group

Marine Le Pen is the French co-chair and Marcel de Graaff is the Dutch co-chair of the ENF group. ENF is composed of 39 members from nine different countries.

www.enfgroup-ep.eu

ENF Europe of Nations and Freedom Group

Marine Le Pen is the French co-chair and Marcel de Graaff is the Dutch co-chair of the ENF group. ENF is composed of 39 members from nine different countries.

www.enfgroup-ep.eu

ENF Europe of Nations and Freedom Group

Marine Le Pen is the French co-chair and Marcel de Graaff is the Dutch co-chair of the ENF group. ENF is composed of 39 members from nine different countries.

www.enfgroup-ep.eu

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  • European Conservatives and Reformists Group
  • Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
  • Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • Group of the Greens - European Free Alliance
  • Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group
  • Europe of Nations and Freedom Group
  • Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
  • Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • Group of the Greens - European Free Alliance
  • Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group
  • Europe of Nations and Freedom Group