The Commission Work Programme for the coming year focuses squarely on delivery of the 10 priorities outlined in the Political Guidelines in order to address the biggest challenges which Europe faces today.
On the basis of the Work Programme, the Commission, European Parliament and Council will now work on a Joint Declaration on commonly agreed objectives and priorities for 2017.
President Jean-Claude Juncker said: 'We are focusing on the things that matter, concrete actions that improve people's lives. With the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaties coming up next March, we must unite around a positive agenda. This is what the Commission's Work Programme is about. In the comings weeks I will – together with the European Parliament and Council – select a number of initiatives of major political importance that should receive priority treatment in the legislative process in the months to come. This is the Europe that delivers.'
First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: 'In this challenging era, we must work harder together and help to protect, empower and defend Europe's citizens. To that end this Commission has set clear and focused priorities since day one. We have listened carefully to the European Parliament, the Council, and the citizens for whom we work. We have made sound progress on challenges like boosting investment and employment, managing migration and advancing on climate change and the fight against terrorism. But there is still more to do and this year we must deliver agreements on the many crucial proposals already on the table. Now we must all deliver.'
This year's Work Programme proposes 21 key initiatives, as well as a further 18 REFIT proposals to improve the quality of existing EU legislation and ensure our rules are fit for purpose. To ensure a focus on delivery, the Commission Work Programme identifies 34 priority pending proposals we have made in the past two years where swift adoption by the Parliament and Council can make a tangible impact on the ground.
The 21 key initiatives fall into several categories:
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