Commission: seven priorities for 2002

The Commission will put forward seven priorities for 2002 when it presents its annual work programme to the European Parliament on 11 December.

The document to be presented to the European Parliament on 11 December consists of four chapters. The first chapter assesses the progress made in 2001 on the 4 strategic objectives (new forms of governance, new economic and social agenda, stabilizing our continent and boosting the EU’s voice in the world, and a better quality of life for all). In a second chapter, the Commission sketches the outlook and challenges for 2002 (security challenges after 11 September and economic slowdown).

In chapter 3 and 4, seven priorities are put forward and key actions are linked to those priorities. Here is the list of priorities and some of the key actions in the area:

  • Safety and security

    • new initiative focusing on the progressive development of an integrated border management system for effective external border controls;
    • implementation of the Communication on civil protection and bio-terrorism;
    • further measures to re-inforce transport security and safety;
    • proposals for action following the conclusions of the 2001 debate on the energy Green Paper;
    • concrete measures to speed up ongoing work on security of communication networks;
    • develop multilateral cooperation against crime and terrorism with key partners.
  • Euro

    • proposal for a code of conduct that sets out the principles underlying the economic policies of euro area Member States;
    • regular euro area reports;
    • mid-term review of the Financial Services Action Plan (FSAP) and key legislative proposals on investment services and banks;
    • new proposal for a directive on take-over bids;
    • proposals to combat counterfeiting and piracy;
    • new Communication on Consumer Policy Strategy;
  • Sustainable development

    • to ensure that all major policy proposals are consistent with the EU’s sustainable development strategy, an impact assessment methodology will applied to all such proposals;
    • review of CAP;
    • proposals to reform the Common Fisheries Policy;
    • launch of new Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development;
    • new Communication for a Community Strategy on health and safety at work;
    • interim report on the future of cohesion policy;
    • actions to implement 6th Environmental Action Programme for 2001-201;
    • launch of independent European Food Authority and new food safety measures;
    • development of an integrated transport approach.
  • New European Governance

    • following up on Governance White Paper, detailed Action Plan on better regulation and regulatory simplification before June 2002;
    • better information for national parliaments on EU policies;
    • new enforcement system for more effective anti-trust competition policy;
    • proposals to simplify and streamline rules on mutual recognition of professional qualifications;
    • implementation of eEurope 2002.
  • Enlargement

    • finalise draft common positions on agriculture, structural funds, budget;
    • enlargement strategy paper;
    • implementation of communication strategy;
    • analyse by early 2002 institution-building measures of candidates;
    • opening of new programmes to candidate countries: Culture 2000 and Media Plus.
  • Mediterranean

    • Communication on ways to improve the functioning of the Barcelona Process in preparation for the Euro-Med Ministerial meeting at Valencia (April 2002);
    • proposals to adapt the working methods of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership;
    • stimulate investment and joint developme nt projects in the Mediterranean;
    • EUROMED association agreements with Algeria, Lebanon and Syria;
    • regional programme to support the creation of a functioning, harmonised Euro-Med market;
    • streamlining management of the MEDA Programme;
    • strengthened fisheries management in the Mediterranean sea;
    • stronger role in Middle East Peace Process.
  • Development

    • new sectoral policy frameworks in relation to poverty, including for health and education;
    • implementation of programme of action aimed at decreasing the spread of communicable diseases;
    • proposals for the EU’s position at the UN Conference on Financing for Development (March 2002);
    • new regulation on cooperation aid to Asian and Latin American countries;
    • promotion of ratification of the Cotonou Agreement;
    • management reform of EU external assistance.


Every year, the Commission adopts its work programme for the coming year. The Commission has changed the conditions and nature of its work programme this year. It is no longer a descriptive catalogue of legislative and other policy actions, but a political instrument based on the Annual Policy Strategy adopted in February 2001.


The Parliament will be informed about the Commission's priorities for 2002 on 11 December.


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