The President of the European Commission Juncker delivered his State of the Union 2016 speech before the European Parliament

Every year in September, the President of the European Commission delivers his State of the Union speech before the European Parliament, taking stock of achievements of the past year and presenting priorities for the year ahead. Among other important EU topics and priorities, the President Juncker has also emphasised several policy areas being monitored and analysed in the framework of the POLO-Cro28 project. This includes his remarks on youth unemployment, stressing the need of greater EU support in investing in its youth by the EU Youth Guarantee and Erasmus/Erasmus+ programmes. As regards to the environmental and climate protection, Juncker has reminded that Europeans are the world leaders on climate action and called all Member States to ratify the Paris agreement as soon as possible. Also, Juncker commented on Stability and Growth Pact by pointing out the need to implement this mechanism responsibly and with flexibility in order to support and not punish ongoing reform efforts.
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