Commission's 2016 Work Programme is presented to EP
European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans presented the EC's Work Programme for 2016 to the European Parliament on 27 October 2016, pointing out that the programme, which includes 23 new Commission initiatives, is based on the ten priorities presented by Commission President Juncker to the EP one year ago, when the Juncker Commission was approved by the EP.
"The motto of our work programme this year is 'no time for business as usual’", Mr. Timmermans said, adding that “all the actions we propose are underpinned by our Better Regulation Agenda. We will make sure that when the EU intervenes, it delivers results". The five priorities of the programme are the migration and refugee crisis, a growth, jobs and investments agenda, energy, fair taxation and the labour market.
In their reactions to the presentation of the programme, MEPs focussed on social and business issues. With regard to competitiveness-related issues, amongst others, József Szájer (HU) voiced the EPP’s support for checking red tape and the Commission’s focus on implementation and simplification following impact assessments. He also called on the Commission to strive to complete the energy and digital single market. For the S&D group, Maria João Rodrigues (PT) called for more ambitious EU strategies on the circular economy, digital solutions and a revision of budgetary instruments.
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