EC adopts Work Programme for 2019
The European Commission (EC) has adopted its Work Programme for 2019. The programme is entitled "Delivering what we promised and preparing for the future" and was adopted by the Collège of Commissioners on 23 October 2018.
The programme sets out three main priorities for 2019: reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on the ten political priorities of the Juncker Commission; adopting a limited number of new initiatives to address outstanding challenges; and presenting several initiatives with a future perspective for a Union at 27.
With regard to new initiatives, the EC is planning to take stock of the Investment Plan for Europe, and to present a Reflection Paper on how to ensure a sustainable Europe for future generations, a coordinated plan on the development of Artificial Intelligence in Europe, as well as an Action Plan on Disinformation. The EC also intends to make a Recommendation to establish a European Electronic Health Record. It will carry out an assessment of the remaining barriers to the Single Market and bring forward ideas to address them, and table a strategy on endocrine disruptors.
With regard to completing the Energy Union and tackling climate change, the EC is planning to issue strategy for long-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction, as well as a report on the State of the Energy Union and the Action Plan on Batteries. The EC will make the case for more qualified majority voting in the fields of energy and climate, taxation and social policy. According to its Work Programme, the EC will further strengthen the Rule of Law Framework and the international role of the euro, report on progress on visa reciprocity, and present ideas for 'Communicating Europe'.
The programme also includes measures that will be necessary in the context of Brexit, e.g. adapting the EU's energy efficiency targets to the EU at 27, making the necessary proposals for the visa status of UK nationals after Brexit, and presenting a number of necessary delegated and implementing acts.
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