EU leaders set to discuss new EC priorities for next 5 years

FILE PHOTO - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a news conference 2019 REUTERS/Yves Herman

European leaders will meet in Sibiu, Romania this week, to discuss the EU’s strategic agenda for the next five years.

During the summit EU leaders are expected to discuss what kinds of challenges and priorities the bloc will face in the years between 2019 and 2024, while reflecting on the progress that had been achieved through the 10 priorities carried under the Commission leadership of Jean Claude Juncker.

The 10 priorities of the past five years are understood to have been composed of goals surrounding employment and investment as well as managing migration and improving democratic legitimacy.

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker explained that the progress made on the priorities has been strong in certain areas and in need of work in others. He stressed that the EU had, ‘always acted where it counts the most.’

According to Juncker, of the 471 proposals for new EU laws, plus 44 which had been added from previous Commissions, around 348 had been taken forward and agreed by both the European Parliament and Council during the 2014-2019 administration.

These are understood to be part of almost two dozen factsheets which demonstrate where the 10 priorities had been delivered.

In the run-up to the next summit, the European Commission has set out five points agenda of recommendations for the future.

These include:

  • a protective Europe because peace is power in today’s world;
  • a competitive Europe that invests in the technologies of tomorrow and supports our greatest assets: the single market, our industry and our common currency;
  • a fair Europe that upholds our fundamental principles of equality, the rule of law and social justice in the modern world;
  • a sustainable Europe that takes the lead on sustainable development and in fighting climate change;
  • and an influential Europe that seeks to uphold and update the rules-based system that has served us so well for so long.

‘Now the EU must look forward, learning from our experiences and building on its successes. We must be even more ambitious and focused than ever before.’ Juncker said.