Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič welcomes progress on Europe 2020 programme to build sustainable economic growth
European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič today welcomed the successful outcome of the General Affairs Council in Brussels, at which he represented the Commission. The Council, under the chairmanship of Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, met to prepare the ground for June's European summit, which is set to adopt the Europe 2020 strategy, designed to hasten Europe's exit from the economic crisis and to provide the building blocks for growth that will be sustainable in the future.
Vice-President Šefčovič said: "Today's Council showed that there is a clear commitment by EU leaders to adopt the Strategy in full at the June summit. In March, EU leaders endorsed the 5 EU headline targets. Work on quantifying them and setting national targets is progressing well. In parallel, today saw Mario Monti present his report on the Single Market, as requested by President Barroso.
The Commission will build on the findings of this report and prepare a Communication on 'missing links in the internal market'. On 18 May, we will deliver the first flagship initiative on the Digital Agenda for Europe. And following the successful meeting of EU finance ministers, which ended in the early hours of this morning, we will make concrete proposals on Wednesday to reinforce economic policy coordination and budgetary surveillance.
Today's General Affairs Council also discussed Climate Change, where the Commission will submit a new Communication at the end of May. This will look at policy options to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and will also examine measures taken to support energy-intensive industries against the risk of carbon leakage.
I'm pleased to say that the General Affairs Council has continued to fulfil its crucial role in coordinating EU policies and preparing the ground for EU Heads of State and Government."