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2014 work programme – Growth & jobs top the agenda - 29/10/2013

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The Commission’s plans for 2014 will focus on EU growth, getting people back to work and a push to implement pending proposals.

Some 29 initiatives will be presented in the coming year, with the majority relating to reviews of existing EU rules. Others will focus on modernising areas such as state‑aid rules, industrial policy and completing the single market.

The top priority remains growth and jobs, with a particular focus on combatting youth unemployment and easing access to finance. Key priorities during the coming year include:

  • completing the banking union and building towards achieving a genuine economic and monetary union
  • measures to increase investment, promote employment and social inclusion and combat youth unemployment through the Youth Guarantee scheme
  • boosting competitiveness through a fully integrated single market covering telecoms, energy and transport and promoting widespread deployment of digital services to modernise public administrations
  • connecting Europe – initiatives in areas such as rail, airports, air traffic management and ports will open up new opportunities and increase competitiveness
  • protecting EU citizens – strengthening national cooperation and the application of EU rules will be essential in the fight against crime, corruption, the threat of terrorism and to ensure the respect of fundamental rights
  • meeting global challenges through cooperation with neighbours and strategic partners, and furthering the EU's role as the world's leading contributor to development aid.

New legal rules will be presented on the EU's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, reform of the EU's anti-fraud office, crisis management for financial institutions other than banks, and EU waste policy.

Early in 2014, the priority will be to finalise a series of existing proposals before the European Parliament elections. The Commission will also work with national governments on putting into operation a host of new rules already agreed upon at EU level.

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