State of the Union speech outlines target themes for year ahead

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State of the Union speech outlines target themes for year ahead

13. 09. 2017 14:29

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the European Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, highlighting the European Commission's priorities for 2018. Among the items in his speech, Juncker suggested that the presidencies of the Commission and the European Council could be combined into one post in the future, and that the EU is now ready to see Britain leave the union in 2019; although he feels Britain will quickly regret the decision. Juncker also spoke of the rapid inclusion of Romania and Bulgaria in the Schengen area of free movement, as well as full membership for Croatia as soon as it fulfils all necessary conditions. Turkey, however, will not become a member of the EU in the foreseeable future, noted Juncker. In a press release, Slovak MEP Monika Beňová responded to the speech, commenting that countries within the Union are pursuing a common goal but at different speeds and with different intensities.

Gavin Shoebridge, Photo: AP/TASR

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