European Commission priorities for 2009: what is there for social issues?
The European Commission has adopted its Annual priorities for 2009. At a first glance, social issues have received a poor attention from the Commission services.
2009 is a year of change: it will bring a new European Parliament and a new European Commission. In addition, the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon is foreseen, should all Member States have ratified it by then.
2009 being the last year of the current Commission's mandate, they have decided that most of the legislative initiatives will have to be tabled by the end of 2008 so that the Commission concentrates on reaching agreement on the most important pending proposals. It also aims to focus on the implementation of the acquis communautaire and the management of the financial framework programmes 2007-2013.
They also plan to prepare the next financial framework with the follow-up of the EU budget consultation.
More specifically for the social sector, 2009 will mean:
Sustainable Development and Lisbon Strategy
- a Road map setting out high priority areas for the next stage in the Sustainable Development Strategy
- A communication on the European Social partners' contribution to the Lisbon Agenda
- Annual stocktaking of progress and identification of areas for future action with regard to the Lisbon Strategy
- Legislative proposals to reduce administrative burden
- Communication on University-business dialogue
- Recommendation on shared partnership with Member States
- A more systematic monitoring of services markets
- Second Strategic Energy review with an Energy Action Plan 2010-214
- 6th Progress report on economic and social cohesion
- Report on the impact and results of the 2000-2006 Structural Funds Programme
- Adoption of the draft directives on entry and stay of legal immigrants
- Follow up to the 2008 Communication on immigration
- Adoption of the second phase of the common asylum system
Equal Opportunity and Youth
- Communication on the Open Method of Coordination on Youth
- Green Paper on the cross-border mobility of young people
- Follow-up to the Communication on gender pay gap