State of the Union address

„It is the moment to show to the young generation that we can build a continent where you can be who you are, love who you want, and aim as high as you want. A continent reconciled with nature and leading the way on new technologies. A continent that is united in freedom and peace. This is Europe’s moment to once again answer the call of history.“

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission


In her State of the Union address on 13 September 2023, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined the main priorities and flagship initiatives for the year to come, building on the European Union's successes and achievements of the past years.

Proposed initiatives

1. A European Green Deal


  • • European Wind Power Package
  • • 2040 climate target
  • • Initiative for water resilience



A Europe fit for the digital age


  • • EU Space Law
  • • Strategy on Space Data Economy
  • • Initiative to open up European supercomputer capacity to ethical and responsible AI start-ups start-up poduzećima u području umjetne inteligencije



An economy that works for people

  • • EU Biotech and Biomanufacturing Initiative
  • • Follow up to the Val Duchesse Summit
  • • Advanced Materials for industrial leadership
  • • Initiative on rules on the European Works Council

A stronger Europe in the world

  • • Strengthen partnership with Africa
  • • European Defence industrial strategy



Promoting our European way of life

  • • Extension of Temporary Protection for people fleeing Ukraine
  • • Action Plan on anti-drug trafficking, including European Ports Alliance
  • • Action Plan on anti-drug trafficking, including European Ports Alliance
  • Joint European degree


A new push for European democracy

  • • Communication on pre-enlargement reforms and policy reviews
  • • Commission Recommendation on integrated child protection systems




Letter of Intent

President von der Leyen also sent a Letter of Intent to Roberta Metsola, the President of the European Parliament, and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council. In it, she details the actions the Commission intends to take in the following year by means of legislation and other initiatives.


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