European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday delivered his 2016 State of the Union address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, taking stock of achievements of the past year and presenting his priorities for the year ahead. He outlined how the Commission will address the most pressing challenges the European Union is facing.
President Juncker's speech in the European Parliament was accompanied by the adoption of concrete initiatives by the European Commission on investment, the Digital Single Market, Capital Markets Union and security, putting words immediately into action.
Key messages of the State of the Union 2016, A Europe that Defends
Global Europe: "Europe can no longer afford to piggy-back on the military might of others or let France alone defend its honour in Mali."
"For European defence to be strong, the European defence industry needs to innovate. That is why we will propose before the end of the year a European Defence Fund, to turbo boost research and innovation."
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