State of the Union 2017: Juncker calls for a “more united, stronger and more democratic Europe for 2025”

On the 13th September, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. During one hour, Junker presented the current European situation and recent reforms adopted but he mostly focused on his priorities for the year ahead and his vision for the EU-27 by 2025.

Among his positions: Juncker called for European minister of economy and finance, transnational lists for European elections and a single president for the Commission and the European Council, elected after a “democratic Europe-wide election campaign”. He also called for the inclusion of Bulgaria and Romania in Schengen area, guaranteeing free movement of persons and offered technical and financial assistance to support countries who want to join the euro zone.