28.10.2016 [News]

European Commission publishes Work Programme 2017: 'protect, empower, defend'

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:

  • A New Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment
    • 1. Youth initiative
    • 2. Implementation of the Action Plan on Circular Economy
    • 3. Financial framework beyond 2020
  • A Connected Digital Single Market
    • 4. Implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy
  • A Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy
    • 5. Implementation of the Energy Union Strategy: low-emission travel and mobility
  • A Deeper and Fairer Internal Market with a Strengthened Industrial Base
    • 6. Implementation of the Single Market Strategy
    • 7. Fairer taxation of companies
    • 8. Implementation of the Space Strategy for Europe
    • 9. Implementation of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan
  • A Deeper and Fairer Economic and Monetary Union
    • 10. A strong Union built on a strong EMU
    • 11. European Pillar of Social Rights
  • Trade: A Reasonable and Balanced Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.
    • 12. Implementation of the Trade for All Strategy
  • An Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights Based on Mutual Trust
    • 13. Data Protection Package
    • 14. Progress towards and effective and genuine Security Union
  • Towards a New Policy on Migration
    • 15. Implementation of the European Agenda on Migration
  • A Stronger Global Actor
    • 16. Implementation of the European Defence Action Plan
    • 17. Implementation of the EU Global Strategy
    • 18. EU Strategy for Syria
    • 19. Africa – EU Partnership: renewed impetus
  • A Union of Democratic Change
    • 20. Modernisation of Comitology procedures
    • 21. A more strategic approach to enforcement of EU law

Source and further details: European Commission