European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual State of the European Union address at the European Parliament on Wednesday morning. EURACTIV.com brings you live coverage, analysis and background from Strasbourg.
The main points from Juncker’s speech:
* A single president at the helm of the Commission and the Council, after having been elected in a pan-European campaign;
* A European minister of economy and finance. A future Commissioner for economy and finance, ideally a Commission vice-president, could carry out this role as well as chairing the eurogroup;
* Transnational lists for European elections. “I will try to convince the leader of my parliamentary group to try to follow this idea”.
Read our Editor-in-Chief’s analysis: Without changing treaties, Juncker changes the EU
Trade/ eurozone/ enlargement:
* Eurozone: Member states that are obliged to adopt the euro need support of a euro accession instrument, which will offer pre-accession assistance;
Read more about Juncker’s declarations on the eurozone: On the eurozone, Juncker goes wide but not deep