Saturday 16 September 2017

European Commission priorities at mid-term

In the summer of 2014 Jean-Claude Juncker presented his agenda for jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change, as political guidelines for the then next European Commission. The ten priorities available in the brochure A New Start for Europe are:
  1. A New Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment
  2. A Connected Digital Single Market
  3. A Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy
  4. A Deeper and Fairer Internal Market with a Strengthened Industrial Base
  5. A Deeper and Fairer Economic and Monetary Union
  6. A Reasonable and Balanced Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.
  7. An Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights Based on Mutual Trust
  8. Towards a New Policy on Migration
  9. A Stronger Global Actor
  10. A Union of Democratic Change  

Commission mid-term
Two and a half years into the five-year  mandate of the Juncker Commission, the European Parliament published a mid-term review in English and French:
The European Commission at mid-term - State of play of President Juncker’s ten priorities (EPRS European Research Service; July 2017; 38 pages)

La Commission européenne à mi-mandat - État des lieux de dix priorités du président Juncker (EPRS Service de recherche du Parlement européen; Juillet 2017; 45 pages)   

The publication presents a quantitative record and a qualitative assessment of progress on the ten priorities of the Juncker Commission.

EU future

Substantially the systematic treatment provides both comprehensive and detailed views of progress regarding each priority. From long term future to immediate proposals, the briefing serves as a reference tool for a discussion about EU themes, regardless of time perspective.

Thus, the EPRS mid-term analysis offers a point of departure for the debate about the future of Europe #FutureOfEurope, Juncker’s speech about the state of the European Union 2017 #SOTEU and the draft Commission Work Programme #CWP2018.

Detailed documentation and helpful links enhance the usefulness of the EPRS mid-term review, even if it is highly annoying to be thrown to the beginning of the publication when you return from a link.

Ralf Grahn

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