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The five major projects of the Juncker Commission

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(BRUSSELS2) The new European executive, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, has now taken office. The Luxembourger and his team of 27 commissioners will probably not really benefit from a grace period. There is no shortage of challenges. Five major projects are open…

First project: the economic crisis. The new President of the Commission has promised a package of 300 billion euros of investments giving himself until the end of December to present a detailed plan. But how this sum will be financed is still a big question mark. Another challenge: to reconcile the activists of the recovery, led by Rome and Paris, and the proponents of rigor, like Berlin or Helsinki. Amateur of compromise, to your knitting!

2e major project: energy. The Commission wants to fight global warming. Laudable goal. But beyond that, it is about making the energy sector one of the vectors of recovery. We must create an “Energy Union”, provide for joint purchases, diversify sources of supply, increase the share of renewables and encourage energy savings. Vast program!

3rd major project: immigration. We must strengthen the fight against illegal immigration throughout Europe and provide the Frontex agency, responsible for border protection, with new capacities. All this without a penny more. We must also succeed in attracting the “best”, develop a “blue card”, valid throughout Europe, like the American “green card”. Sensitive !

4e project: relations with Russia. This is the main “external” challenge of the new Commission. Russia is not just a troublemaker in the Ukrainian conflict. It is also, and above all, one of the main economic partners of the European Union. And, for certain countries, like Finland or Germany, the loss of this market is difficult to replace. How to renew relationships with a “partner” who has also (re)become an “adversary”? Difficult !

5e major project: reconnecting with citizens. This is undoubtedly the most important issue of the next 5 years. At a time when disenchantment is general, giving back to Europeans the desire to believe that Europe can be the solution and not the problem, is more necessary than ever. " We should not Europeanize every little problem in the EU but focus on the important issues » Jean-Claude Juncker readily repeats. Quite a challenge…

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

* Article published in Ouest-France this weekend

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).