Today, the 30th of April, ahead of the European Council Sibiu summit, the European Commission presented a number of policy recommendations for the EU’s next strategic agenda for the period 2019-2024.

In the Commission’s view, these will be the five main areas of action for the European Union:

1. Protective Europe: The EU should pursue the establishment of an effective European Security Union and move towards an European Defense Union. Furthermore, the EU should also be more proactive in the field of migration management through an approach that fosters a greater share of the responsibility and greater solidarity among the Member states.


2. Competitive Europe: The achievement of a more competitive Europe passes through the upgrade and the full implementation of the single market in all its aspects. The EU has to keep fostering growth by deepening the Economic and Monetary Union and it also has to support the transformation of the European labour market while ensuring its fairness. Finally, it is essential that the EU focuses its research on the ecological, social and economic challenges that we are facing today.


3. Fair Europe: Social Rights remain a fundamental pillar for the EU. The Eu needs to work to achieve more social inclusion and equality within its Member States, focusing on regional disparities, minorities’ needs, gender issues and the aging population. A fair and innovative taxation policy is also needed as much as high-quality and affordable health care and housing in Europe.


4. Sustainable Europe: Achieving a more sustainable economy, fighting climate change and reversing environmental degradation are high priorities for the EU, now more than ever. It is necessary to transition to a more resource-efficient circular economy by promoting green growth, bioeconomy and sustainable innovations. Finally, the EU must also address the remaining challenges in the field of energy, such as energy security and costs.


5. Influential Europe: Europe needs to lead in the world through consistent and strong support for a multilateral, rules-based global order, with the United Nations at its core. The EU should also make it a priority to develop strong relations with close neighbors. A strengthened international role of the euro would also increase Europe's economic and monetary sovereignty.


Background

In 2014, the European Council defined a broad strategic agenda for the Union, a fundamental text that eventually turned into President Juncker’s 10 political priorities. Three years later, after the Commission published its White Paper on the Future of Europe, President Juncker unveiled a roadmap detailing the main steps towards a more united, stronger and more democratic Union in his 2017 State of the Union address.

The Sibiu summit represents the culmination of this process started five years ago.

For more information:

- Unfinished business: the Top 10 EU issues awaiting final agreement
- The Top 20 EU achievements 2014-2019
- Key figures for the EU 2014-2019

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