In line with the process implemented for the first time in 2016, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agreed on the upcoming EU legislative priorities for 2023 and 2024. This approach is meant to allow institutions to work more effectively on key legislative proposals initiated by the Commission, for which the European Parliament and the Council are co-legislators. Moreover, agreeing on joint priorities is part of a strategy to ensure substantial progress is achieved on all 164 legislative initiatives outlined in the working document, which encompasses the results of the Conference on the Future of Europe, by the upcoming European elections in 2024.
In the last few years, the European Union has had to face several intertwined crises. Among them, the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's unprovoked and brutal aggression against Ukraine revealed that those challenges could only be overcome through a united and coordinated approach. In this context, the EU institutions aim to enhance Europe's open strategic autonomy and strengthen the bloc's resilience in its recovery process, in line with the digital and climate priorities. The legislative proposals are focused on six pillars, namely delivering the European Green Deal, achieving a Europe fit for the digital age, setting up an economy that works for people, ensuring a Europe stronger in the world, promoting our European way of life, and strengthening Europe's democratic values.
Some of the new initiatives that will be of particular interest to EuropeActive are the current European Year of Skills, which aims to facilitate intra-EU mobility, as well as in tackling the critical issues of mental health and cancer prevention, two of the main priorities in building a European Health Union. In addition, the measures to solve the ongoing energy crisis, such as restructuring the EU’s framework for the taxation of energy products and electricity, as well as the shift towards renewable energies, are of crucial importance to Europe, its citizens and businesses.