Preparing the ground for the next twelve months
Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič highlighted the European Commission's work programme for 2013, which will continue to develop the EU-wide measures to combat the economic crisis and stimulate growth.
V-P Šefčovič welcomed the European Parliament's close cooperation with the Commission on key dossiers designed to help Europe get through the current economic and financial crisis, and underlined that the decisions taken at the June European Council would open a new phase in the development of the EU, through closer economic and monetary union.
Among the issues to be prioritised by the Commission in the last full year of its current mandate will be the deepening of the Single Market; providing conditions for thriving network industries and services; completing the digital agenda; ensuring sustainability and resource efficiency; delivering a modern industrial policy; empowering people through skills and education; protecting citizens' rights; and promoting a strong Europe.
V-P Šefčovič echoed the comments of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, made a day earlier during the debate on the Danish Presidency of the EU, on the need to make sure that decisions are taken collectively, including all institutions, in the spirit of solidarity and democracy.
"Ultimately, the success of our political agenda relies on constructive cooperation between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission, on swift progress in political deliberations – and on consistent implementation of legislation on the ground. Only when we act jointly and with determination can Europe deliver the solutions that our citizens and companies need."