The Commission sets out its plans for 2013, with a focus on returning the EU to growth and getting people back to work.
Around 50 new initiatives [332 KB] are to be tabled during the year and the first part of 2014, on top of proposals already in the pipeline.
The top priority remains unchanged – exiting the economic crisis and getting the EU back on the road to sustainable growth. The package includes a mix of stimulus measures, reforms to the financial system and steps toward a closer union.
The new proposals will cover:
- improving stability, transparency and consumer protection in the financial sector, based on a blueprint for closer economic and monetary union
boosting competitiveness through the single market and a coordinated industrial policy; cutting costs for businesses in areas like VAT and invoicing; and encouraging public-private partnerships in research
connecting Europe by liberalising energy networks, boosting investment in broadband infrastructure, modernising transport and logistics
support for the unemployed – improving public employment services and supporting social inclusion
energy, resources & environment – through sustainable growth policies, meeting energy needs, responding to climate change, improving air quality and waste management
building a safe and secure Europe – preventing fraud and misuse of EU funds through an EU-level public prosecutor, fighting firearm trafficking to reduce gun-crime, and improving the benefits of EU citizenship
promoting European interests and values globally through new trade agreements, targeted cooperation with neighbouring countries, and furthering the EU’s role as the world's leading contributor to development aid.
The Commission will also work to ensure that measures already agreed on are properly implemented.
It will work closely with the European Parliament, EU leaders in Council, national parliaments and other stakeholders to achieve tangible results for Europe’s citizens.