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28 Oct 2015

Commission adopts annual Work Programme 2016

On 27 October 2015, the European Commission adopted its 2016 Work Programme, the second of the Juncker Commission, reaffirming the commitment to the ten political priorities of its Political Guidelines. The preparation for this Work Programme was launched with the State of the Union address of President Juncker

This year's Work Programme will deliver 23 key initiatives across our 10 political priorities, 20 intended withdrawals or modifications of pending proposals and 40 REFIT actions to review the quality of existing EU legislation. The Commission has announced that it will focus on common approaches at European level in the fields of environmental protection, high social and employment standards, energy security, a thriving economy that benefits all, and a migration policy that reflects common European values.

The new initiatives which the Commission will deliver in 2016 include:

  • Initiatives on Better Migration Management, and proposals on Border Management
  • Implementation of the Digital Single Market, Follow-up to the Single Market Strategy, a Space Strategy for Europe, and a European Defence Action Plan
  • A Circular Economy, Next Steps for a Sustainable European Future, and legislation to implement the Energy Union
  • A New Skills Agenda for Europe, a New Start for Working Parents, and a Pillar of Social Rights as part of a deepening of Economic and Monetary Union
  • A Corporate Tax package and an Action Plan on VAT

Other key initiatives for 2016 will implement the European Security Agenda, follow up on the Trade and Investment Strategy and the Five Presidents' Report on Deepening Economic and Monetary Union, and provide the Commission's contribution to the Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. The Commission will also present the mid-term review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework and a strategy to better focus the budget on results. Research is mentioned in the context of further simplification endeavours, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the Energy Union.

For more information:

EC Work Programme 2016

Press Release

Photo: European Commission (2015)

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