Commission européenne > BEPA > Plan de Gestion Annuel

2 mars 2006

 

DG Bureau des Conseillers de Politique européenne

Plan de Gestion Annuel 2006 (disponible uniquement en anglais)

1.  General objectives for the Policy Area

BEPA provides advice and, if needed, can assist the President and the members of the Commission, as well as other services, in defining the Annual Policy Strategy (APS) and the Commission Legislative and Work Programme (CLWP). It can also support them in accomplishing the CLWP. To this end it will take a more active part in inter-service consultations, especially in areas where its opinion might be useful in defining and implementing Commission policy. This activity is implemented in liaison with the role of the Secretariat General, both under the political guidance of the President.

Moreover, BEPA can provide its advice on the contents of unplanned ad hoc documents, requested in response to particular events. This will require a specific investment in order to improve cooperation with the other services.

The activity of BEPA is organised into three main policy areas: political/institutional, societal and economic. The staff is mainly allocated to three teams, corresponding to the above policy areas; irrespective of his/her allocation, every BEPA official is currently asked to make him/herself fully informed about the overall BEPA and Commission activity and is frequently called to work with colleagues of a different team.

Given the cross-cutting nature of its mission, BEPA may be in charge of coordinating the Commission’s action in specific policies or topics involving several operational services. This has already been the case for the activities in the field of Life Sciences and Biotechnology (including the coordination of the high-level Biotechnology Steering Committee) and for the secretariat of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies.

All BEPA activities fall under the ABB policy area “Coordination and legal advice”.

2.  Priorities for the year in question

The work of BEPA in 2006 aims to contribute to the Commission’s target to achieve its strategic objectives, notably as declined in the APS (prosperity, solidarity, security and Europe as a world partner). To be useful and effective, many BEPA activities and initiatives will have to be carried out in close collaboration with the competent operational services.

As from 2006, BEPA will also contribute to the institutional aspects of the Commission’s forward-looking work on the future of Europe, taking over from the Secretariat General. Activities in the field of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, upon account of their operational nature, will be reallocated to the Secretariat General.

3.  ABB Activities

3.1.  Objective
 

The overall objective of BEPA’s activities is to support the President and the Commission by:

·      Ensuring and contributing to interservice cooperation, in liaison with the Secretariat General, on policy development in line
       with the APS, the CLWP and the instructions from the President;

·      Providing an outsider’s perspective: BEPA aims to act as a ‘bridge’ towards expertise outside the Commission, in particular
       through the regular or ad hoc expert groups meetings, animated by BEPA on request of the President;

·      Improving interaction with other services and providing advice, notably on ad hoc initiatives requested in response to
       particular events;

·      Contributing to the Commission’s follow-up to the conclusions of European Councils and other meetings of Heads of State
       and Government.

Descriptions, indicators and the list of major actions contributing to the objective are given below for each of the three policy
areas.

 

3.2. Political and institutional area: “The Future of Europe”
 

Description

After the Hampton Court meeting of Heads of State and Government (October 2005), the European Council of December 2005 and also on the basis of the talks between the Commission and the Austrian Presidency in January 2006, the tasks of the political area of BEPA will be notably oriented to the institutional aspects of the reflection on the “Future of Europe”. BEPA will also contribute to the following themes: ‘dialogue’ and communication with citizens, enlargement and neighbourhood policy, migration issues, cooperation and development policy, external dimension of the EU, terrorisms.

 

Major action(s) contributing to the objective:

·      Contribution to the reflection on the institutional issues concerning the ‘Future of Europe’, including the Constitutional
       Treaty;

·      Study on rules and traditions of standards for professional ethics on holders of public office, in the framework of the
       European Transparency Initiative (ETI);

·      Assessment of the coherence, effectiveness and visibility of the role of the Union in external policy, including cooperation
      and development policy;

·      Analysis of EU internal security challenges;

·      Actions to help communications and ‘dialogue’ with the citizens;

·      Dialogue with communities of faith and conviction and their organisation; 

·      Follow-up to the ‘Hampton Court’ meeting of Heads of State and Government conclusions, inter alia on migration;

·      Act as the secretariat of the Group of Policy Advisers (GPA), set up by the President.

 

Output Indicators

·      Reports or other papers on issues listed above;

·      Results of policy analysis, number of concrete suggestions for action;

·      Number of concrete follow-up actions to meetings of expert groups held;

·      Dissemination of expertise and results within the Commission and to the public.

 

Impact Indicators

·      Effective contribution of BEPA’s suggestions to shaping Commission initiatives, especially as concerns: the reflection on
       the ‘future of Europe’;

·      Number of opinions expressed by BEPA in the ISC taken into account by services;

·      Number of hits on the relevant BEPA website(s).

 

3.3. Economic area: “Promote growth and jobs”

 

Description

BEPA economic area aims in particular to contribute to Commission’s objective of promoting growth and jobs, by addressing the main economic challenges Europe is facing in the present climate of uncertainty. The activities of the economic area of BEPA will concentrate in 2006 on a number of broad areas such as: ‘globalisation’, the large growing economies (like China and India), energy and sustainable development, possible new structure for the EU budget and financial perspective, economic reforms, the competitiveness of the European industry, free trade and free competition.

 

Major action(s) contributing to the objective:

·      Contribution to the preparation of the Commission’s position on the “review clause” of the Financial Perspectives for
       2007-2013 and forward-looking reflection on the future EU budget structure;

·      Assessment of the impact, challenges and opportunities of ‘globalisation’;

·      Study of the consequences for the EU of the rise of large growing economies (such as China and India), increasingly able
       to combine a low-cost environment with high quality of production;

·      Assessment of the mechanisms, incentives and policy options for economic reform and adjustment, notably in the euro
       area;

·      Study the functioning of the EU internal market (notably in the sector of services) and reflect on the possible future of the
       internal market;

·      Assessment of the EU international trade strategy;

·      Contribution to an ex ante economic analysis supporting the state aid policy design;

·      Act as the secretariat of the Group of Economic Policy Advisers (GEPA), set up by the President.

 

Output Indicators

·      Reports or other papers on issues listed above;

·      Results of policy analysis, number of concrete suggestions for action;

·      Number of concrete follow-up actions to meetings of expert groups held;

·      Dissemination of expertise and results within the Commission and to the public.

 

Impact Indicators

·      Effective contribution of BEPA’s suggestions to shaping Commission initiatives, especially as concerns: the future EU
       budget structure and globalisation;

·      Number of opinions expressed by BEPA in the ISC taken into account by services;

·      Number of hits on the relevant BEPA website(s).

 

3.4. Societal area: “Social cohesion and ethics”

 

Description

The societal area of BEPA will work on themes related to social cohesion, employment, science, new technology and ethics, education and training, environment, energy and sustainable development, equal rights, trends in public opinion, culture and European values, ageing, migration and integration, social security. Specific responsibilities within this area include: the secretariat of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), and of the high-level advisory Group of Societal Policy Analysis (GSPA) to be made fully operational in 2006; contributing to the activities of the expert group “Knowledge for Growth” (established by Commissioner Potočnik).

 

Major action(s) contributing to the objective:

·      Follow the work done on ‘European social model’, notably dealing with the impact of the demographic trends and aging on
       social expenditures;

·      Identification of important links between various parts of energy policy (including liberalisation), environmental policy,
       geopolitical issues and security of supply;

·      Search on those aspects that can stimulate in the European citizens the feeling of being part of a real ‘community’ with a
       shared identity and culture;

·      Study the issues related to migration and integration policies, with priority focus on gender issues;

·      Propose recommendations focused on strengthening collaboration between universities, industry and the public sector;

·      Act as the Secretariat of European Group on Ethics (EGE) and make it fully operational, following the appointment of its
       members, under the EGE mandate 2005-2009;

·      As part of the Knowledge for Growth Expert Group, advise Commissioner Potočnik, and work more broadly on ‘Innovation
       Policy’;

·      Act as the Secretariat for the Group of Societal Policy Analysis (GSPA), set up by the President.

 

Output Indicators

·      Reports or other papers on issues listed above;

·      Results of policy analysis, number of concrete suggestions for action;

·      Number of concrete follow-up actions to meetings of expert groups held;

·      Dissemination of expertise and results within the Commission and to the public.

 

Impact Indicators

·      Effective contribution of BEPA’s suggestions to shaping Commission initiatives, especially as concerns: the European
       social model and energy policy;

·      Number of opinions expressed by BEPA in the ISC taken into account by services;

·      Number of hits on the relevant BEPA website(s).

 

 

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