The Commission adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age. It contains new legislative initiatives across all six headline ambitions of President von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines and follows her first State of the Union Speech.
Delivering on EU priorities
The 2021 Commission work programme sees a shift from strategy to delivery across all six political priorities. It confirms the Commission’s resolve to lead the twin green and digital transition
1. A European Green Deal
• fit for 55 package to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030. This will cover wide-ranging policy areas – from renewables to energy efficiency first, energy performance of buildings, as well as land use, energy taxation, effort sharing and emissions trading.
• carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism will help reduce the risk of carbon leakage
• measures to implement Europe’s circular economy action plan, the EU biodiversity strategy and the farm to fork strategy.
2. A Europe fit for the digital age
• roadmap of clearly defined 2030 digital targets, related to connectivity, skills and digital public services.
• legislate in areas covering safety, liability, fundamental rights and data aspects of artificial intelligence.
• European e-ID.
• update of the new industrial strategy for Europe, to take into account the impacts of the coronavirus,
• a legislative proposal to improve the working conditions of platform workers.
3. An economy that works for people
• action plan to implement fully the European Pillar of Social Rights
• a new European child guarantee, ensuring access to basic services like health and education for all children.
• revise the framework for handling EU bank failures, take measures to boost cross-border investment in the EU, and step up the fight against money laundering.
4. A stronger Europe in the world
• leading the global response to secure a safe and accessible vaccine for all.
• joint communication on strengthening the EU’s contribution to a rules based multilateralism,
• a renewed partnership with our Southern neighborhood
• communication on the Arctic.
• a new strategic approach to support disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants will also be presented.
• a Communication on the EU’s humanitarian aid will explore new ways of working with our partners and other donors.
5. Promoting our European way of life
• build a stronger European Health Union, notably by strengthening the role of existing agencies and establishing a new agency for biomedical advanced research and development. To preserve and improve its functioning, a new strategy for the future of Schengen will be tabled.
• proposed measures on legal migration, including a ‘talent and skills’ package.
• the Security Union, addressing terrorism, organized crime and hybrid threats.
• present a comprehensive strategy on combating antisemitism.
6. A new push for European democracy
• new strategies on rights of the child and for persons with disabilities,
• a proposal to combat gender-based violence.
• propose to extend the list of euro-crimes to include all forms of hate crime and hate speech.
• propose clearer rules on the financing of European political parties
• action to protect journalists and civil society against abusive litigation.
• a long-term vision for rural areas will propose actions to harness the full potential of these regions.