European Commission 2020

Europe 2020 is a 10-year strategy proposed by the European Commission on 3 March 2010 to boost the economy of our European Union. The strategy identifies five key objectives that we should pursue to boost growth and employment. Increase the population between the ages of 20 and 64 from the current 69% to at least 75% by 2020, with an increase in the minimum wage to 1.5% of GDP.
Modernisation of the labour market to facilitate labour mobility and skill development throughout the life cycle, increase labour market participation and better match supply and demand. Ensure social and territorial cohesion, so that the benefits of growth and jobs are widely shared and people experiencing poverty and social exclusion are able to live with dignity and participate actively in society.
The Commission also wants to ensure fair competition and a level playing field in the EU’s Single Market. The Commission will also propose new rules on the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour markets. It is implemented through a number of instruments, such as the Single Market for Trade in Services (SMS) and the Digital Single Market for goods and services.
This will be reflected in possible new instruments to address this problem and prepare the ground for a legislative proposal in 2021, as well as in the implementation of the internal market for goods and services.
The EU devotes a quarter of its budget to combating climate change and is working to mobilise more than €1.5 billion in funding over the next ten years. In order to facilitate a digital climate change turnaround, the Commission intends to present a proposal to promote the integration of national capital markets and ensure equal access to investment and finance. The EU will also finance the transition to climate change through the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the EU Investment Fund (EUIF).
The financial plan foresees a mechanism to help regions most affected economically by the transition to cleaner industries. Von der Leyen added: “We have started to design a mechanism to offset CO2 limits, aimed at avoiding a situation where EU countries can reduce their emissions to make the continent CO2 neutral by 2050, while embedding CO2 imports in goods. French President Emmanuel Macron is promoting the idea of a “carbon tax” in countries that are not signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement and do not regulate carbon emissions as strictly as the EU.
Despite fierce criticism from environmental activists, the European Commission on Wednesday unveiled a plan that it hopes will form the basis for making the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050. The EU executive wants to legislate to make the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to zero legally binding in all member states. In order to set the 2050 target, the Commission has proposed to raise EU emissions reduction targets regularly over the next three decades.
However, there is no intention to increase the bloc’s overall emissions target for 2030. Instead, despite the postponement of Cop26, we must remain committed to resolving and increasing the EU’s 2030 target while respecting the Paris Agreement timetable and inspiring other global players to step up their ambitions as well. Against this background, I am pleased that in September 2020 the Commission will be able to present a plan assessing the impact of increasing our 2030 targets and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50-55% compared to 1990 levels.
Likewise, urgent measures to protect and preserve biodiversity must be a key aspect to ensure the long-term sustainability of the EU’s environment and economy. We need to send a strong political signal to the world and citizens that we are taking a leadership role and taking a new path towards a more sustainable and sustainable future for our people, businesses and global partners. The Commission must transform our policy objectives into legally binding objectives to show people, business and our global partner that this is our vision for the future and the environment for future generations.
The European Commission decided today to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled “European Citizens’ Initiative on the Future of the Environment and the Environment in the EU in the 21st Century.”
The European Commission has launched a new global coalition on biodiversity and adopted on 29 January the Commission’s new work programme for 2020, setting out the main initiatives it intends to take in its first year in office. It is too early to say what the Commission has just decided, but it is impossible to foresee what it will mean for the future of the EU and the environment in the 21st century.
It will provide a framework for policy action to meet the EU’s commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). It includes a number of existing legislative measures as well as new initiatives, such as the implementation of a new biodiversity strategy for the European Union (EU).