Brussels, 5 November 2008
Commission President José Manuel Barroso said, "Today we are proposing an ambitious calendar of work for 2009. We will seek to consolidate the achievements of the last four years by maintaining the focus on delivering results for European citizens and businesses. The Commission will prioritise its work to lead the response to the financial crisis and tackle the issues of concern to citizens like climate change, migration and development so that Europe can continue to shape the effects of globalisation".
The 2009 Work Programme needs to respond to different challenges: on the one hand, 2009 will be a special year marked by the European elections in June, as well as the last year of this Commission's mandate, with the emphasis on implementing the vision set out earlier by the Commission in areas like energy, climate change, migration and social policy. At the same time, the Commission is at the forefront of work to address the financial and crisis and the economic downturn. The result is a focused and balanced Work programme with 12 strategic initiatives, 37 priority initiatives, 33 simplification proposals and 20 withdrawals.
The priorities are structured around 4 pillars:
A major highlight in 2009 will be the presentation of the Budget Review, an important contribution to the debate on the shape of the future priorities of the Union and their financing. This will be a key part of the legacy of this Commission.
Promoting a simpler and better regulatory environment without unnecessary administrative burdens remains a key priority of the Commission's legislative work in 2009, and the programme sets out specific measures on simplification, covering areas from agriculture to environment and from accounting to transport, as well as on the withdrawal of pending proposals.
2009 will be the first year that inter-institutional communication priorities will be agreed by the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the Commission under the joint declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership.
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