Public Policy

November 27, 2017

European Commission Work Programme 2018 – A blueprint for a more integrated Europe?


When European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker released his Commission’s 2018 work programme on 24th October in Strasbourg, he did not take an easy path.

While more prudent commentators might have suggested a more benign programme of completing unfinished business, Juncker bypassed the usual laundry list of initiatives and directed his firepower at the heart of national capitals. To the European President and his assembly of Commissioners, the path to the future lies in a more integrated Europe, an opportunity presented to it by Brexit. But what does this mean beyond the headline-grabbing element of a single European President and Minister of Economy and Finance?

It is commonly believed, but not universally accepted, that next steps to a more integrated Europe revolve around certain critical concepts, from a fiscal policy supporting the weaker areas to the thrust of hard power and delivering the EU brand abroad.

But what does this all mean for companies and people across Europe? The bottom line is that these broad tectonic plates of integration are not often within the power of individual companies to influence. However, this is quite different than being prepared for these changes.

And, crucially, what do the major political changes mean for businesses and organisations alike?

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