Von der Leyen to deliver first state of the union address

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrives at the European Parliament ahead of a debate on the future partnership with the UK in Strasbourg, France, February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver her first landmark state of the union address on Wednesday.

The address is scheduled for 9am and will be followed by a plenary debate with the Members of the European Parliament.

The EU Chief delivers the state of the union address before the European Parliament every year in September. During the address, the president would take stock of achievements of the past year and present priorities for the year ahead.

The President also sets out how the Commission will address the most pressing challenges the European Union is facing and ideas for shaping the future of the EU.

Among the issues expected to be tackled in her first address, von der Leyen is expected to speak about the coronavirus pandemic, the economic downturn caused by the global pandemic, migration, foreign policy challenges and the bloc’s green goals.