After Lampedusa and Evangelii Gaudium, this address is very important because it gives a new perspective to the European process, he invites to reflect on who we are, and confirms the basis of the EU : peace, subsidiarity, solidarity, humanism.
This visit has been specially prepared, by an internal report on the revolution of the catholic church and a visit of the President of the EU parliament to Rome. The EU parliament has received Pope Francis with expectations regarding future orientations for the EU. He answered by proposing an anthropological change, an EU non built around economy but around human person open to transcendence.
But this address was dedicated to elites and the understanding can be different for countries who have experienced communism. Precisely this trauma can be healed by giving people the sense of their life.