September 14th, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the Union address before the Members of Parliament in Strasbourg: ‘towards a better Europe, a Europe that protects, empowers and defends’.

President Juncker presented the priorities for this upcoming year and outlined how the European Union will deal with the major challenges Europe is currently facing. The State of the Union had a strong focus on public safety and security.

Some of the key messages related to critical communication and interoperability across borders were:

Data protection"Europeans do not like drones overhead recording their every move, or companies stockpiling their every mouse click. In Europe, privacy matters. This is a question of human dignity."

Connectivity"We propose today to equip every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centres of public life by 2020."

Read more about the State of the Union and its key messages here: