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EU Bytes A


s it is now December and lobbyists have been getting ready for 2021 to “hit the ground running”, I think it is a good time give you an overview of what the


European Commission plans to introduce as policy priorities. The European Commission Work Programme for 2021 was published in October this year, titled “A Union of vitality in a world of fragility”. If I may say, an honest Zeitgeist approach to state of global affairs, and quite a positive note for EU ambitions. Let us see how realistic the latter’s achievement can be. But, before I mention the individual policy areas that could be of interest to you, I think it useful to let you know that the European Commission is technically the only EU institution allowed to initiate legislation.


Headline Ambition I – The European Green Deal


There are a total of six headline ambitions. Let’s start with the one that essentially affects us all, the European Green Deal which has at its basis the ambition to reduce emissions in 2030 by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels. It is quite a challenge considering the heavy burden that


COVID is already placing on the economy. And, what about countries outside the EU? Well, “climate and energy diplomacy” will remain the priority with external partners. This means that the Commission is looking to propose a “carbon border adjustment mechanism to help motivate foreign producers and EU importers to reduce their carbon emissions, while


ensuring a level-playing fi eld conducive to trade in a WTO-compatible way”. Who says it is easy to lead the way? Other key areas will not be of much surprise as it includes smart and sustainable transport, circular economy, bio-diversity and a farm to fork strategy which inter alia looks to boost organic production and decrease deforestation.


Glenn Cezanne looks at the European Commission’s Headline Ambitions for 2021


22 DECEMBER 2020


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