On 18 October 2022, the European Commission adopted its 2023 Commission work programme  setting out the next steps in its bold and transformative agenda in the face of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, rising energy prices and the knock-on effects on the economy, while defending Europe’s democratic values and pursuing our long-term goals and interests. This work programme also sets out targeted action to complete delivery on the ambitions the Commission set at the start of the mandate and further steer the Union towards a sustainable recovery. It also lists the key legislative proposals that should get priority in the legislative process to ensure swift implementation on the ground across all six of the Commission’s headline ambitions.

The political strategy of this Commission is to set Europe on a path to successfully achieving climate neutrality by 2050, shaping our digital future, strengthening our unique social market economy, building a Union of prosperity, and making Europe stronger in the world. This Commission is taking action to address the challenges ahead and put the necessary building blocks in place for a better future for all Europeans.

Key figures

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Putting citizens at the heart of European democracy

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This year’s work programme is driven by the ambitious and inspiring vision for our Union that was laid out in the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe.  
Building on the success of the Conference, the Commission is embedding participatory practices in its policy-making toolbox. Citizens’ panels are now part of the Commission’s policymaking in certain key areas. The new generation of citizens’ panels will deliberate on next year’s initiatives on food waste, learning mobility and virtual worlds.

Commission work programme structure

cwp annex 1 Annex I: New policy and legislative initiatives
CWP annex 2 Annex II: REFIT initiatives to simplify existing legislation
CWP annex 3 Annex III: The pending priority legislative files where we want the co-legislators to take the swiftest action
CWP annex 4 Annex IV: Intended withdrawals of pending proposals
CWP 5 annex Annex V: Existing legislation which the Commission proposes to repeal.

Documents

Commission work programme 2023 (reader friendly publication)

Commission work programme 2023