European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, delivered his 2018 State of the Union address on 12 September 2018, before the members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. He presented his priorities for the year ahead and outlined his vision for how the EU can continue building a 'More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union', the theme of his 2017 address.
"Member States have not yet found the right balance between the responsibility each must assume on its own territory; and the solidarity all must show if we are to get back to a Schengen area without internal borders. I am and will remain strictly opposed to internal borders. Where borders have been reinstated, they must be removed. Failure to do so would amount to an unacceptable step back for the Europe of today and tomorrow."
President Juncker's speech in the European Parliament was accompanied by the adoption of 18 concrete initiatives by the European Commission on migration and borders, security, free and secure elections, the European Union's partnership with Africa and the EU as a global actor, thus putting words into immediate action.