EC publishes recommendations for EU's strategic agenda ahead of Sibiu Summit
On 9 May 2019, the EU Heads of State or Government will meet for a summit in Sibiu, Romania. Ahead of this meeting, the European Commission (EC) published a number of policy recommendations on 30 April 2019. The recommendations deal with how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world and constitute the Commission's contribution to the next EU strategic agenda for 2019-2024. The 5 dimensions that the EC says the EU should focus on, include a focus on research and innovation in a competitive Europe. The 5 dimensions are the following:
- Protective Europe: dealing with a European Security Union and European Defence Union, managing migration;
- Competitive Europe: upgrading, modernising and fully implementing the single market in all its aspects, focussing research and innovation on the ecological, social and economic transitions and related societal challenges, investing in key European digital capacities, boosting Europe-made and human-centric artificial intelligence; deepening the Economic and Monetary Union; supporting the transformation of the European labour market whilst ensuring its fairness;
- Fair Europe: delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights, achieving social inclusion and equality, including by addressing regional disparities, minorities' needs, gender issues and the challenge of an ageing population; upholding and promoting shared values such as the rule of law; fair and modern taxation policy, high-quality, affordable and accessible health care, access to quality, energy-efficient affordable housing;
- Sustainable Europe: embracing sustainable consumption and production patterns, reinforcing efforts to fight climate change and reverse environmental degradation; transition towards a more resource-efficient circular economy by promoting green growth, bioeconomy and sustainable innovations; maximising the Energy Union's potential by addressing major remaining challenges;
- Influential Europe: Europe needs to lead in the world through consistent and strong support for a multilateral, rules-based global order, with the United Nations at its core; developing strong relations with close neighbours; a strengthened international role of the euro.
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