European Commission Unveils its Work Programme for 2019

The European Commission (EC) set out its main priorities for the coming year, and sustainability is mainstreamed on the agenda.

Every year, the Commission adopts its Work Programme which sets out its proposals for the time ahead. This year, the document included largely issues related to sustainability which came up both in form of the new initiatives and of REFIT evaluations.

The EC wants to invest in the reforms needed to keep the Union on a stable and sustainable growth path. This means addressing issues related to circular economy, and the implementation of the SDGs - aligned with the results of the SDGs Multi-Stakeholder Platform - in which CSR Europe has played a key role (final report available here). As the Energy Union is considered a prerequisite for European stability, the related forward-looking Climate Change Policy is addressed as one of the priorities, especially considering the development of a strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

The EC will also make the case for more qualified majority voting in the fields of energy, climate, taxation and social policy, to facilitate a more impactful policy making on these matters.

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