Commission work programme 2016: Useful initiatives – but how will they be implemented?

27 Oct 2015

Today, the European Commission unveiled its long-awaited work programme for 2016. In its communication and the accompanying annexes, the Commission announced a number of initiatives that CESI judges positively throughout. Unfortunately, in many instances provisions remain vague about what concretely new initiatives will entail and how they will be implemented.

Commission work programme 2016: Useful initiatives – but how will they be implemented?

Most notably, the work programme foresees action and initiatives for 2016 on “a European pillar of social rights” to promote social convergence, a “New skills agenda” to enhance life-long investment in people and “A new start for working parents” to improve the work-life balance for employees and to further especially female participation in the labour market. 

CESI Secretary General Klaus Heeger noted: “I greatly appreciate the Commission’s recent activism to achieve a more social and just Europe and Mr Juncker’s college certainly got a lot of topics right. Now, it is important to clearly define the announced initiatives and implement them via hard legislative proposals. Non-binding instruments have in the past all too often lacked enforcement powers in the Member States.”

Indeed, according to the work programme’s annexes it is in many instances not clear what exactly the various announced initiatives will encompass and how the Commission will go about implementing them. 

Follow this link to access the Commission’s work programme 2016, including all accompanying annexes.