On the morning of the 14th of September 2022, in the European Parliament, the State of the European Union (SOTEU) took place. Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, had a very passionate speech touching upon the main priorities of the European Union for the present and the future. In her discourse, but more in general on all the interventions of the other European Parliament Members, some interesting insights for the European defence industry, and European militaries can be drawn. Even if military affairs were not explicitly mentioned, the priorities and the guidelines they established should be applied also to the management of the armed forces. This InfoFlash analyses the main points of Von der Leyen’s speech to apply them to the defence sector and guide future investments in a European framework of cooperation and sustainability.
The State of the Union address held on 14 September 2022 has emphasized the unprecedented economic and geopolitical challenges that the EU and its member states are facing. The president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, has highlighted the main topics of the agenda and has provided initiatives for the coming year. As expected, the speech focused mainly on the war in Ukraine, and counted on the special presence of Olena Zelenska as the guest of honour at the hemicycle.