[NEWS] Delivering today and preparing for tomorrow: The 2024 Commission Work Programme

The European Commission has adopted its 2024 Work Programme, which places a strong emphasis on simplifying regulations for citizens and businesses within the European Union. This initiative aligns with President von der Leyen's commitment to reduce reporting requirements by 25% to enhance the EU's long-term competitiveness and provide relief for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).



Key Highlights:


  • Simplification Initiatives: The Work Programme builds on the accomplishments of the past four years and outlines new proposals and significant initiatives designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape. Some of these simplification measures have already been introduced, with more to come.
  • President's Commitment: President von der Leyen's goal is to reduce reporting burdens without compromising policy objectives. Measures such as the reform of the Union Customs Code and revisions to statistical survey rules aim to deliver substantial cost savings for traders and SMEs.
  • Areas of Simplification: The Work Programme suggests simplifications in various policy areas, with a focus on reducing redundant obligations, minimizing the number of affected businesses, and increasing digitalization. Examples include postponing deadlines for sustainability reporting standards and modifying the scope of certain directives.
  • Progress Tracking: The Commission plans to monitor progress towards the 25% reduction goal through annual burden surveys, starting with the 2023 edition.
  • Commitment Delivery: The Commission has already fulfilled over 90% of the commitments made in the 2019 Political Guidelines. In 2024, dedicated efforts by the European Parliament and Council will be crucial to reaching agreements on outstanding proposals.
  • Green Transition: The Commission will continue its commitment to the European Green Deal, focusing on making the green transition fair, smart, and inclusive. Initiatives include dialogues with citizens and industry and support for vulnerable citizens and businesses through the Social Climate Fund.
  • Digital Transformation: To further prepare Europe for the digital age, the Commission plans to open up high-performance computers to AI startups and propose a European space law.
  • Economic Challenges: Challenges related to labor and skill shortages, education, social dialogue, inflation, and ease of doing business will be the focus in 2024.
  • International Relations: The Commission will maintain its support for Ukraine in the face of Russia's aggression and strengthen its partnership with Africa. The fair trade agenda and the development of Member States' defense capabilities will also be a priority.
  • Next Steps: The Commission will collaborate closely with the European Parliament and Council to ensure swift agreements by the end of the current Commission's mandate.

The European Commission's 2024 Work Programme underscores its commitment to simplifying regulations, reducing red tape, and delivering on key policy objectives. These efforts are aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the EU, supporting SMEs, and addressing emerging challenges while fostering economic growth and sustainability.