On 13 September 2017, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, delivered his 2017 State of the European Union address before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. From this perspective, he set out a Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union.On this occasion, Jean-Claude Juncker's address was also followed by speeches and discussions with Members of the European Parliament.This video shows extracts from the address.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, (in FRENCH) saying that their Union needs to take a democratic leap forward.He would like to see European political parties start campaigning for the next elections much earlier than in the past. Too often Europe-wide elections have been reduced to nothing more than the sum of national campaigns. European democracy deserves better.
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that he also has sympathy for the idea of having transnational lists – though he is aware this is an idea more than a few disagree with. Such lists would help make European Parliament elections more European and more democratic.
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that Europeans have a date with democracy. They need to go to the polls with a clear understanding of how the European Union will develop over the years to come. This is why he calls on President Tusk and Romania, the country holding the Presidency in the first half of 2019, to organise a Special Summit in Romania on 30 March 2019.
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker 'in ENGLISH): It should be the moment they come together to take the decisions needed for a more united, stronger and democratic Europe.
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that over the months to come, they should involve national Parliaments and civil society at national, regional and local level more in the work on the future of Europe.
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that this is why he support President Macron's idea of organising democratic conventions across Europe in 2018.
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that more democracy means more efficiency. Europe would function better if they were to merge the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.This is nothing against his good friend Donald, with whom he has worked seamlessly together for the past three years. This is nothing against Donald or against him.Europe would be easier to understand if one captain was steering the ship.
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that an important element will be the plans the Commission will present in May 2018 for how the future EU budget can match their ambition and make sure they can deliver on everything they promise.
||General view of the hemicycle during the speech of Jean-Claude Juncker