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Strength in unity

Met dank overgenomen van Europese Commissie (EC), gepubliceerd op dinsdag 7 mei 2019.

A message of unity, hope and determination ahead of 9 May EU27 leaders’ Sibiu Summit

Preparations of Sibiu summit

On 9 May 2019, EU27 leaders will meet in Sibiu, as suggested by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union address, to discuss the EU's next strategic agenda for the period 2019-2024.

They will exchange views on the challenges and priorities for the EU for the years to come. The current strategic agenda was agreed in June 2014 by the European Council and was shaped into the 10 political priorities of the Juncker Commission.

Five years on, efforts to deliver on those priorities have brought tangible results for citizens, despite unpredicted difficulties along the way, which continue to pose serious challenges for our Union. Building on the policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future presented last week, the Commission today looked back at what has been accomplished over the past five years.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “When I took office, I said it was our last chance to show Europeans that their Union works for them. I have spent the last five years working tirelessly to deliver on the promises we made. In some areas, I believe we have surpassed expectations, in others, we may have fallen short of them. But I believe we have always acted where it counts the most. Now the EU must look forward, learning from our experiences and building on its successes. We must be even more ambitious and focused than ever before.”

The Juncker Commission's 10 priorities focused on the things that matter most to Europeans: bringing back jobs, growth and investment, strengthening social fairness, managing migration, mitigating security threats, unlocking the potential of the digital and energy transitions, making the EU a stronger global actor, and reinforcing transparency and democratic legitimacy.

By summer 2018, the Juncker Commission had tabled all of the legislative proposals it committed to at the start of its mandate. In total, the Commission made 471 new legislative proposals and carried over an additional 44 presented by previous Commissions. Of these, 348 proposals have been adopted or agreed by the European Parliament and the Council during the current mandate.

The Commission has today published a series of 20 factsheets demonstrating how the EU managed to deliver on the commitments made in 2014.

Last week, the European Commission set out a number of policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world. The Commission recommended that the EU's strategic agenda for 2019-2024 focus on 5 key dimensions:

  • a protective Europe because peace is power in today's world;
  • a competitive Europe that invests in the technologies of tomorrow and supports our greatest assets: the single market, our industry and our common currency;
  • a fair Europe that upholds our fundamental principles of equality, the rule of law and social justice in the modern world;
  • a sustainable Europe that takes the lead on sustainable development and in fighting climate change;
  • and an influential Europe that seeks to uphold and update the rules-based system that has served us so well for so long.

EU27 leaders meeting in Sibiu can now draw on this to set new policy orientation and new priorities for the EU ahead of the European Parliament elections on 23-26 May 2019 and the change of political leadership of the EU institutions that will follow.

President Juncker will represent the European Commission at the informal meeting of EU27 Heads of State or Government in Sibiu on 9 May 2019. Preceding this, he will participate in a citizens' dialogue alongside Romanian President Iohannis at 18:00 CET on 8 May 2019.

Senior Management appointments

The European Commission has today decided to further strengthen its senior management by appointing directors to its departments for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI), Competition (DG COMP), Translation (DGT) and Statistics (DG Eurostat) and a Principal Adviser for Corporate and Political Communication in the Commission's Department for Communication (DG COMM).

Related links

Factsheets on the Commission's 10 priorities:

Commission contribution to the 2019-2024 strategic agenda

Media advisory on the Sibiu summit

Photo report

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