EC adopts 2020 Work Programme
On 29 January 2020, the European Commission (EC) adopted its Work Programme for 2020. The document sets out the actions the Commission will take in 2020 to implement the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen. It was presented to the European Parliament on 28 January 2020.
The EC states that it will start turning the six headline ambitions of the new Commission President into concrete initiatives that will then be negotiated and implemented in cooperation with the European Parliament, Member States and other partners. These headline ambitions are as follows:
- A European Green Deal: the Commission will propose a European climate law to enshrine the 2050 carbon neutrality objective into legislation, and a European Climate Pact, amongst others.
- A Europe fit for the digital age: in this context, the EC is planning a new European Data Strategy, and a new Industrial Strategy for Europe, as well as a Digital Services Act. With regard to research, the EC will present a Communication on the Future of Research and Innovation and the European Research Area in the second quarter of 2020 looking at how to better pool resources, as well as deepen Europe's research, innovation and knowledge capacity, and a Communication on Horizon Europe research and innovation missions in the fourth quarter of 2020.
- An economy that works for people: on this topic, the Commission is planning proposals to guarantee fair minimum wages for workers in the EU, for a European unemployment reinsurance scheme, and initiatives to ensure effective and fair taxation, amongst others.
- A stronger Europe in the world: The EC is undertaking to develop new strategies for working with our neighbouring countries in Africa and the Western Balkans, and to continue to push for the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. It also states that in order to strengthen the geopolitical role of the Commission, all Work Programme initiatives will have a strong external dimension.
- Promoting our European way of life: For this purpose, the Commission will present a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, support the health protection of Europeans, launch Initiatives to help to step up investment in people's skills for the digital and ecological transitions, and put forward a newEU Security Union Strategy.
- A new push for European democracy: Together with the other EU institutions and partners, the Commission will launch the Conference on the Future of Europe. It will also look at the consequences of new demographic realities for different policy areas, and respond through corresponding initiatives, e.g. on ageing.
A full list of the 43 new policy objectives under the six headline ambitions are set out in Annex 1 of the Work Programme.
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