European Commission has published the 2020 Work Program, titled ‘A Union that strives for more’.
The document sets out the most important initiatives the Commission intends to take in its first year, including the commitments for the first 100 days. It is focused around the six headline ambitions set out in President Ursula von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines (European Green Deal, economy that works for people, Europe fit for the digital age, protecting our European way of life, stronger Europe in the world, and new push for European democracy), and it also reflects the main priorities for the European Parliament and those in the European Council’s Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024.
“Throughout the next year and the decade ahead, our Union has a unique opportunity to lead the transition to a fair, climate-neutral, digital Europe. This twin ecological and digital transition will affect us all: every country, every region, every person. It will cut across every part of our society and economy. But for it to be successful, it must be just and inclusive for all. The European Union can only fully grasp the opportunities the twin transitions will bring if we draw on all of our strengths and our diversity. In doing so, we must always continue to fight for equality, uphold our values and defend the rule of the law”, the document reads.
The 2020 Work Program underlined that European diplomacy would continue to be essential across all continents, helping the EU to engage with its partners both bilaterally and in multilateral frameworks. “A stronger Europe in the world means working hand-in-hand with our neighbors and partners”, the document concludes.
According to the 2020 Work Program, the European Union is committed to deepening its partnership with the Western Balkans - “a region with which it shares so much”.
“A credible accession perspective for the region is of enormous strategic importance to the Union and to the region itself. This will be reaffirmed in the (European) Commission’s contribution to the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb in May 2020. The Commission will continue to push for the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. In parallel, it will seek to keep up the momentum by putting forward ways to enhance the accession process, including on the enlargement methodology and on a reinforced investment framework”, the Commission explained.
New EU enlargement methodology is expected to be presented later during the day.