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Juncker launches 2016 Work Programme for European Commission

Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg in October, Jean Claude Juncker launched the 2016 European Commission Work Programme.   In this the Commission second work programme President Juncker reaffirmed the EU executive's commitment to the ten political priorities. As a follow up to the State of the Union address, the Work Programme calls on the European Parliament and Council to help deliver quick and effective results in the most important policy areas.

The 2016 Work Programme seeks to deliver 23 key initiatives across the Commission's10 political priorities including:

  • Initiatives on Better Migration Management, and proposals on Border Management;

  • Implementation of the Digital Single Market framework proposed in 2015;

  • Strategy for Europe, and a European Defence Action Plan;

  • A Circular Economy, Next Steps for a Sustainable European Future;

  • Legislation to implement the Energy Union;

  • A New Skills Agenda for Europe;

  • A New Start for Working Parents;

  • Deepening of Economic and Monetary Union;

  • A Corporate Tax Package;

  • An Action Plan on VAT;

  • A Mid Term Review of the 2014-2020 Multi-Annual Financial Framework;

  • A Strategy to better focus the budget on results;

The Commission is also checking the status of existing legislation. 40 REFIT actions to review the quality of existing EU legislation are underway. Since Green Week 2015, ENEP’s TTF has been responding to the stakeholder consultations on the Nature Directives.  In Brussels last week, ENEP was represented at a high level stakeholder conference on 20th November - see following article.

REFIT is the Commission programme for ensuring that EU legislation remains fit for purpose and delivers the results intended. It aims to keep the body of EU law lean and healthy, remove unnecessary burdens and adapt existing legislation without compromising on our ambitious policy objectives.

The 2016 work programme now confirms 27 new REFIT actions to be launched including

  • maritime legislation;

  • reducing the burdens of public procurement for SMEs;

  • facilitate compliance with the REACH framework and,

  • make sure health and safety legislation is workable and enforced;

Every year, the Commission adopts a Work Programme setting out the list of actions it will take in the coming twelve months. The Work Programme informs the public and the co-legislators of the European Commission's political commitments to present new initiatives, withdraw pending proposals and review existing EU legislation. It does not cover the ongoing work of the Commission to implement its role as Guardian of the Treaties and enforce existing legislation or the regular initiatives that the Commission adopts every year.



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