“Ursula Von der Leyen’s First State of the Union”, Brigid Laffan (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

On 16th of September 2020, Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen gave her first State of the Union (SoU) address, a practice that began in 2010. The annual address is evidence of the growing presidentialisation of the Commission following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The Commission President now exercises a stronger leadership and agenda-setting role within the College than was formally the case in the past.

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