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01/11/2012 00:00:00

Returning sustainable growth to the European Union  growth is the number one task for the European Commission and the key objective of the new Commission Work Programme for 2013 published on Tuesday 23 October.

It requires new thinking and targeted action in a limited number of key policy areas. EU Commission President  Jose Manuel Barroso said: "This Work Programme shows how the Commission is working day by day to take the steps needed. 2013 will be a crucial year for showing our citizens that the EU is leading the way in taking the credible, concrete steps needed to lead us out of the crisis and build the right springboard for future sustainable growth."

    Returning sustainable growth to Europe

    The Commission Work Programme  summarises  the objectives for the Union in seven key areas and sets out what is missing today. It then explains how the Commission will tackle these objectives by taking forward key initiatives already on the table, by making new proposals, and by ensuring that the benefits of reform are carried through to citizens by effective implementation.

    The 7 key areas in the adopted Work Programme are:

    • A genuine Economic and Monetary Union
    • Boosting competitiveness through the Single Market and industrial policy
    • Connect to compete: building tomorrow's networks today
    • Growth for jobs: inclusion and excellence
    • Using Europe's resources to compete better
    • Building a safe and secure Europe
    • Pulling our weight: Europe as a global actor

    2013 Programme

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    • For more information, Jeanette Thornton, European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, Tel: 028 9024 0708, Email:

    Last update: 01/11/2012  |Top