On 14 September, like each year, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will deliver the State of the Union address to the European Parliament, the third one in a row since the establishment of her College of Commissioners in 2019.

“This is a watershed moment for our Union. We cannot take our security and the protection of people for granted. We have to stand up for it. We have to invest in it. We have to carry our fair share of the responsibility”Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

The address will reflect on the achievements of the past year, including some of the challenges the EU had to cope with, and set out the vision and key priorities for the year ahead.

The speech will be followed by a plenary debate and will lay the ground for the preparation of the Commission Work Programme for the year 2023 (to be published before the end of this year).

President von der Leyen will likely share some of the major accomplishments and challenges the EU has faced while managing two unprecedented crises over the past 2 years: the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

As part of the Commission’s ambition to build a greener and more digital Europe, President von der Leyen is expected to comment on the role of trusted and human-centric digital transformation in advancing Europe’s digital decade targets by 2030. In that respect, digital skills is an important area which requires much-needed investment and progress in the EU and within the Member States.

All previous State of the Union addresses can be found here.

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Source : European Digital Skills & Jobs Platform

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State of the Union

Digital technology / specialisation

  • Digital skills

Digital skill level

  • Intermediate

Geographic Scope - Country

  • European Union

Type of initiative

EU institutional initiative