Summit of EU Leaders on 9 May in Sibiu :



 

EU27 leaders met in Sibiu (Romania) to discuss about our common future just before European Election and agreed on a 10 Commitments Declaration for a united Europe, with joint solutions to deliver where it matters most, safeguard the future, protect citizens and be a responsible global leader. Here you can download the Declaration in all EU languages.

AEBR fully supports this Declaration and welcomes the Commission’s contribution to the Summit Preparing for a more united, stronger and more democratic Union in an increasingly uncertain world, stressing most interesting achievements, pendant issues and perspectives. The focus on communication (and disinformation) and dialogue with citizens is very appropriate and there are plenty of arguments. Here you can find the Commission’s contribution to the Sibiu Summit.

EU27 leaders met in Sibiu (Romania) last 9 May 2019 in an informal summit to discuss about our common future just ahead European Election, agreeing on a 10 Commitments Declaration to defend one united Europe, joint solutions to protect our way of life, democracy and rule of Law, delivering where it matters most, based on fairness, matching our common ambitions, safeguarding the future for next generations of Europeans, protecting citizens and being a responsible global leader.

Here you can download the Declaration in all EU languages.

AEBR fully supports this Declaration and welcomes the Commission’s contribution to the Summit Preparing for a more united, stronger and more democratic Union in an increasingly uncertain world, very much detailed and stressing in tables, diagrams and other visuals most interesting achievements, pendant issues and perspectives. The focus on communication (and disinformation) and dialogue with citizens, seems very interesting. In general, it looks a very good and informative paper, where many short messages on specific issues can be taken from.

President Jean-Claude Juncker presents a document stressing most achievements of his Commission and contributing to the EU’s Strategic Agenda 2019-2024. This documents also points at current challenges and propose a series of policy recommendations, highlighting the Communication Challenge in times of increasing fragmentation and disinformation. In the Annexes you can find graphs on the economic situation progress (I), the EU’ public opinion 2014-2019 (II), the Top 20 EU Achievements 2014-2019 (III), unfinished business: the top 10 EU issues awaiting final agreement (IV), and Key figures for the EU 2014-2019 (V).

Here you can find the Commission’s contribution to the Sibiu Summit.

To explain where the EU stands today, the documents reviews Europe’s economy with the general decline of unemployment and the increase of GDP per head and wages. It also tackles delivery on the 10 political priorities established in 2014, and put forward 20 key achievements (Annex III) and 10 key not-finished proposals (Annex IV), keeping an strategic focus through challenges and times of crisis: digitalisation, climate and demographic changes, and “multipolarity”.

Building on the five possible scenarios presented by President Juncker during the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome in 2017, following debates and consultations, systematic information from Eurobarometer opinion polls and the work of EU institutions in these years, the Commission proposes a set of main policy priorities for the strategic agenda 20219-2024:

  1. Protective Europe: European Security Union and European Defence Union. Being more proactive in managing migration.
  2. Competitive Europe: focus on Research and Innovation in ALL regions of Europe, with joint measures on four key areas: increasing investment, making more data available, fortering talent and ensuring trust. A modern industrial policy. Upgrading, modernising and fully implementing Single Market in all its aspects. Further deepening the Economic and Monetary Union and the European Labour Market.
  3. Fair Europe: European Pillar of Social Rights to achieve social inclusion and equality. Protect fundamental rights in a digital world. Fair and modern taxation policy. Support a high-quality, affordable and accessible health care, and quality, energy-efficient affordable housing.
  4. Sustainable Europe: alignment with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Fight climate change and reverse environmental degradation, transit towards a more resource-efficient circular economy, and maximise Energy Union’s potential.
  5. Influential Europe: support for the multilateral, rules-based global order, with the UN at its core, a multilateral trading system based on the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a strengthened international role of the Euro, the transformation of Western Balkans through a credible enlargement policy, and a Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs.

There is a strong focus on Europe’s communication challenge: how to communicate effectively across a whole continent in times of increasing fragmentation and disinformation. EU communication is considered a shared responsibility of all involved in policy- and decision-making, while freedom and pluralism of the media is a cornerstone of the Union. Transparency is a must, and citizens should be empowered to take informed decisions about Europe’s future. A permanent dialogue with the citizens is promoted through a high number of consultations and other initiatives. There is a growing trend towards unifying EU’s messages, despite the variety of platforms and media. The EU commits itself to act together against disinformation, and to promote teaching and learning about the EU at all levels of education.

The top 20 EU achievements (annex III) are

  1. European Fund for Strategic Investments
  2. Making use of the Stability and Growth Pact’s flexibility
  3. Saving Greece’s membership in the euro area
  4. Paris Climate Agreement
  5. Ban on single-use plastics
  6. EU trade agreements with Japan and Canada
  7. 25 July 2018 Joint EU-US Statement
  8. EU-Turkey Statement
  9. Resettlement of refugees and EU Regional Trust Fund
  10. Securing EU borders
  11. Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and External Investment Plan
  12. RescEU, the new EU Civil Protection Mechanism
  13. General Data Protection Regulation
  14. The end of roaming charges
  15. Reform of the Posting of Workers Directive and the European Labour Authority
  16. European Public Prosecutor’s Office
  17. Reform of the Gas Directive
  18. Permanent Structured Cooperation and European Defence Fund
  19. North Macedonia Agreement
  20. Reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative

 

And the top 10 “unfinished businesses” (annex IV) are:

  1. Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027
  2. Reform of the Common European Asylum System
  3. e-Privacy
  4. e-Evidence and prevention of the dissemination of terrorist content online
  5. Schengen area – preserving both security and free movement
  6. Modern tax rules for a modern economy
  7. European Deposit Insurance Scheme and the Backstop to the Single Resolution Fund
  8. Access to safe drinking water
  9. Reform of social security coordination
  10. International Procurement Instrument

Key figures of the EU 2014-2019 are presented in Annex V on citizens’ support for the EU, use of Euro, economic growth, level of employment and unemployment, wages, prices, trade agreements, geographical indications, exports, trading partners, support for children in need, migration, research, gender-diverse management, use of Schengen Information System, EU Civil Protection Mechanism, Greenhouse gas emissions, Citizens’ Dialogues, EU humanitarian aid, sustainable fisheries, participation in world’s development and Erasmus.

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