Comoros and the EU

WEBINAR: State of the European Union, 17 September 12:30-2 PM (AEST).

14/09/2020 - 02:38
Online activities

Did you know the President of the European Commission presents a State of the Union address each year? The State of the Union speech offers the President an opportunity to set out her vision for Europe to the European Parliament, and outline work planned for the coming year. It is a key date in Europe’s calendar, and a key part of Europe’s democratic processes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed Ursula von der Leyen’s first year as Commission President. State of the Union 2020 will be an opportunity to reset and refocus on the Commission’s vision for the future. Recovery funding, the European Green Deal, strategy for a Digital Europe, and European unity are expected to make up the key themes of von der Leyen’s speech, and the debate with MEPs that will follow.


The European Union Centre of Excellence will host an online panel discussion of the EU State of the Union address on Thursday 17 September, at 12-2pm AEST. 

This panel will review the key messages from SOTEU and reactions from various audiences across Europe. It will also consider the implications for partnerships with Australia, and how Australia might address some of its own challenges in the future.


  • Dr Michael Pulch, European Union Ambassador to Australia


  • Professor Martin Holland, Director National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), University of Canterbury NZ
  • Dr Chloe Ward, Research Fellow, EU Centre of Excellence, RMIT
  • Ms Anne McNaughton, Director Centre for European Studies, ANU


This event is co-hosted by:

European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University

European Studies Association Australia New Zealand (ESAANZ)