On Wednesday, 13 September 2017, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The speech, and the subsequent debate by the European Parliament, are intended to give MEPs the opportunity to review, critique and shape the policy programme of the European Commission for the coming year. The State of the Union has been held annually in September since 2010, when it was instituted by the Lisbon Treaty.
The first day of Spring saw the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, launch a White Paper on the Future of Europe, subtitled ‘Reflections and Scenarios for the EU27 by 2025’. This is the EU executive’s contribution to the debate which will take place at the special European Council meeting in Rome on 25 March celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957.