State of the European Union (SOTEU) 2022

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The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen delivered the third State of the Union (SOTEU) address of her mandate to the European Parliament on 14 September 2022.

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The address was delivered amidst rising energy prices and accelerating climate change, and as the way in Ukraine still unfolded months after Russia decided to invade the country. The Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs) of most Member States were approved, and the NextGenerationEU spending programme was set to finance the European Union's twin transition. The enforcement of EU values - and in particular the rule of law - remained a challenge. Other matters included the conclusion of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), and the long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Ms von der Leyen outlined a number of initiatives for the year ahead, which include:

  • Continuous support to Ukraine and its people, including the full mobilisation of the EU's Single Market;
  • Measures aimed at weathering the energy crisis;
  • Support to the business environment, particularly small and medium enterprises;
  • Addressing the EU's dependency on Russian fossil fuels;
  • Investing further in renewable energy, and in hydrogen in particular;
  • Leading globally on climate adaptation and nature protection;
  • Defending democracy and the rule of law, internally and across the world.

The President of the European Commission also sent a Letter of Intent to the Presidents of the European Parliament and Council of the European Union, in which actions intended to be carried out in the following year were detailed.

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