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ENEP visits the European Commission to learn more about its new priorities 2014-2020

During the recent ENEP General Assembly, the side event incorporated a visit to the new European Commission.  Speaking to the Group, the Commission representative explained the general function of the European Commission in relation to defender the general interest of the European Union.  During his presentation he spoke of the importance of the Single Market and highlighted the European Court of Justice’s role in arbitrating over market access issues for a companies facing technical, professional qualifications and cultural blockages to be able to practice in neighbouring states. He also talked about energy as a major priority for the new Commission in the next 20 years of the Single Market.  The Commission representative went on to talk about the process through which the new Commission was nominated.  In the build up to the European elections in May 2014, he described how the main political groups in the European Parliament decided to promote "lead candidates" (most use the German term, Spitzenkandidaten) for the presidency of the European Commission. The idea is that by voting for a member of a party of a particular group, voters can express their support for one of these candidates and thus send a message to national governments, who were then obliged by the Lisbon Treaty to take the result of the election into account when they appointed the new Commission. As a result of the election, in which the EPP secured the largest share of the vote, (the party from which Jean Claude Juncker comes) the Heads of State had to take this into account.  Talking about the decision making process, he described the qualified majority process that has now superseded the right to veto EU proposals.  Influence is not just important with the Commission, but lobbyists spend more time in Parliament now as the EP has the power of codecison with the Council across the board.  In terms of the Commission, connections with several different parts of the Commission is important.  Speaking on binding targets in the EU 2020 package Mark underlined that different Member States have different national targets and that the mid-term review of the EU 2020 strategy would review progress next year. Finally, on the issue of impact assessments http://ec.europa.eu/smart-regulation/impact/index_en.htm   on proposed EU legislation, He confirmed that Juncker has now published an outline of his 10 priorities on the internet. 

They include

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  and

10) a Union of Democratic Change

READ MORE - http://ec.europa.eu/about/juncker-commission/priorities/index_en.htm

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