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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her State of the Union address on Wednesday, an annual meeting to take stock of the past year and take stock of the challenges ahead .

German Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, delivers her State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday September 15. This annual meeting, which marks the start of the European political year, provides an opportunity to present an assessment of the past year and to talk about the institution’s future projects.

After a year and a half of a pandemic, the Covid-19 must be at the center of the discourse. Ursula von der Leyen must come back to the European management of the health and economic crisis and outline her agenda to end the crisis for the coming year. It should therefore address the issue of vaccination at length, when the EU has passed the threshold of 70% of adults vaccinated.

Among the other subjects on the program: the economic recovery plan, digital technology, global warming and even the migration issue. “This event allows us to come back to the big questions and the new priorities of the EU. It is also the moment to emphasize the priorities of the EU such as the European Green Deal or the digital age within the framework of the way out of the crisis and beyond “, explains the European Commission in a press release.

The speech, which is expected to last over an hour, will be followed by a debate in the presence of MEPs.