The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will today announce the EU’s priorities for the next 12 months when she gives her State of the Union speech.
For the first time in history, the speech will be given from the European Parliament in Brussels rather than from Strasbourg.
In this, her first speech, President Ursula von der Leyen is expected to speak about the achievements of the commission she leads as well as the challenges and priorities for next year.
Less than a year ago, when President von der Leyen was confirmed in her role, she had placed the Green Deal – as well as the strategy for a Digital economy – as two of her main goals. The Coronavirus pandemic and the way the EU is coping with this virus both on the economic as well as the public health fronts, are also expected to be addressed by President von der Leyen.
Contrary to previous years, the State of the Union is being held in Brussels because Strasbourg, which is the official seat of the European Parliament, has been placed on the red list because of the alarming spike in cases. In fact, MEPS have not met at the Strasbourg plenary since March, and have continued using the Brussels building or have been working virtually for the last six months.
This morning TVM will be transmitting a special programme about the State of the Union 2020 with a discussion and analysis by experts, politicians and Maltese MEPS. The transmission will start at 8.30am on Television Malta and tvm.com.mt.