Brussels Daily
30 Jan 2020


Brussels Daily, Brussels Weekly

COLLEGE MEETING: European Commission work program for 2020

The European Commission today adopted its work program for 2020 which sets out the actions it will take this year to translate the political guidelines of President von der Leyen into concrete benefits for society, businesses and European citizens. The driving force behind this first work program is the desire to successfully exploit the possibilities that the dual ecological and digital transition will offer. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said: “The Commission is committed to tackling the generational challenges facing us such as climate change, going digital and migration. It is determined to implement the Green Pact for Europe and to improve the chances of EU citizens and businesses during the digital transformation. This work program will help build a more ambitious Union. “Maros Šefčovič, Vice-President responsible for interinstitutional relations and foresight, expressed himself in these terms:” Giving life to our ambitions is a team effort between all the institutions, the Member States and the main partners . This is why the Commission’s work program also reflects the main priorities of the European Parliament and the European Council. In addition, for the first time, it provides an overview of the long-term trends that shape our economies and societies. Strategic foresight will guide our work when we develop future-proof policies that will energetically meet the needs of all Europeans and strengthen the geopolitical position of our Union. A press release and fact sheets on the work program are available online. You can watch the press conference on EbS. (For more information: Susanne Conze – Tel .: +32 229 80236)


European Commission and International Monetary Fund strengthen cooperation to support sustainable development

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, yesterday signed a new framework agreement for financial partnership, aimed at strengthening cooperation between the EU and the IMF to meet major challenges, including that of climate change, and to help countries implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2016, the European Union has been the IMF’s first partner for capacity development. Welcoming the signing of the new agreement, President von der Leyen said: “The European Union and the IMF are strong partners. We share a common desire to provide solutions to global problems, particularly in Africa. The new agreement signed today will allow us to better focus on climate change and digital challenges. I am particularly grateful to Kristalina Georgieva for the driving role she played. Together, we will further strengthen our cooperation and partnership. The new agreement will promote, simplify and accelerate the conclusion of contractual arrangements for the many joint activities carried out to support good economic governance, sound management of public finances, appropriate mobilization of national revenues, institution building and, more broadly , the implementation of the 2030 sustainable development program. The full press release is available online. (For more information: Ana Pisonero-Hernandez – Tel .: +32 229 54320; Gesine Knolle – Tel .: +32 229 51594)


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