Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli and Chancellor Angela Merkel, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, signed the Joint Declaration on legislative priorities for 2021. This was reported on the website of the European Commission.
"The Declaration cements the three institutions' commitment to adopt swiftly the necessary legislative proposals to drive the EU's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, while seizing the opportunities of the climate and digital transitions. The three Presidents also signed the first-ever Joint Conclusions on policy objectives and priorities for 2020-2024," the message informs.
The Joint Declaration on legislative priorities for 2021 is based on the Commission work programme for the year ahead. The Declaration draws political attention to key legislative proposals that either have already been presented by the Commission or will be by the autumn of 2021.
Among the identified strategic directions of the EU's activities is the implementation of the European Green Deal, ensuring the climate transition is just and that nobody is left behind, enabling the EU to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and ensuring ambitious progress towards that goal by 2030.
Another direction is to determine the parameters of the so-called European digital decade, which should contribute to the creation of an efficient and safe market for digital services with a certain ethical framework, and the development of reliable and safe artificial intelligence.
The next programmatic goal is to create an economic structure that works for people, to ensure that the recovery processes of the whole society are attainable, to strengthen the common market and industrial potential, which should contribute to social justice and well-being. To achieve the same goal, the development within the EU of economic and monetary unions, increasing the stability and reliability of the European banking system should be used.
A separate priority is also the strengthening of Europe's position in the world, the development of international partnership and giving a new impetus to transatlantic relations. The EU intends to maintain a leading position in the development of legal norms in the international trade system and the creation of a fair legal framework in this area.
Ensuring freedom and security in Europe will be an important area of joint work. In particular, this will be facilitated by the negotiation of a new Pact on Migration, increasing the effectiveness of control at the external borders of the EU. The EU also intends to protect the principle of freedom of movement by improving Schengen legislation.
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