European Commission presents 2018 Work Programme
On October 24, the European Commission presented its 2018 Work Programme.
It sets out the European Commission's plans to present new initiatives, withdraw pending proposals and review existing EU legislation.
Among the planned initiatives, some are of particular interest to CSR Europe and its members. These are:
- Circular Economy
The European Commission will focus on further developing the Circular Economy Action Plan. It will deliver its Plastics Strategy, propose a framework to monitor progress and improve regulation to tackle bottlenecks where chemical, product and waste legislation meet.
- Skills Agenda
The European Commission will aim to move the European Skills Agenda forward throughout Member States, paying particular attention to basic skills and to digital skills.
- Energy Union
The European Commission will focus its efforts on new CO2 standards for cars, vans and heavy-duty vehicles and will take forward the work on batteries and on alternative fuel infrastructure.
- Internal Market
The European Commission will continue efforts to protect national budgets against harmful tax practices. This includes the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) and modernising rules for VAT, but also new initiatives on fair taxation in the digital economy.
Among others, the European Commission will adopt a Reflection Paper on a Sustainable European future and a Communication on the future of EU energy and climate policy.