Fabian Demicoli

Towards a work programme for a new start for Europe

The Juncker Commission is committed to restoring citizens’ confidence by demonstrating that the EU can deliver for them on the big challenges facing European economies and societies. That starts with setting the right priorities for the 2015 Commission Work Programme.

The preparation of the Work Programme was initiated, with First Vice-President Frans Timmermans launching a process of discussion within the College and with the European Parliament and for the first time the Member States in the Council. Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: ‘People all around the EU are telling us they want change. They want Europe to focus more where it can help solve the big problems: jobs, growth and fairness in our societies. Citizens want Europe to improve their lives, not meddle with them. Businesses want Europe to enhance their competitiveness, not burden them with red tape.

This Commission is committed to a fresh start, with better priority in what we do and a better way of doing it. Our first work programme will concentrate on a limited set of concrete initiatives which can make a positive difference for citizens. And for the first time we will work in dialogue with both the European Parliament and the Member States to build support for our programme, because proposals are only useful if they are adopted, accepted and implemented properly on the ground.’ The Commission Work Programme will translate the ten points of the Political Guidelines, the Juncker Commission’s political contract with the European Parliament, and the European Council’s Strategic Agenda for the Union in Times of Change, into concrete deliverables

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