EU priorities: Working for a strong social Europe

In June 2019, the European Council adopted its new Strategic Agenda for 2019–2024, setting out the main priorities to guide the work of the EU in the coming years. The new von der Leyen Commission took office on 1 December 2019, adopting its first work programme on 29 January 2020. The programme sets out the Commission's plans for a transition to a fair, climate-neutral and digital Europe. It outlines six top priorities, which also reflect the main priorities for the European Parliament and those in the Council’s Strategic Agenda.

As part of the priorities outlined by the Commission, a number of initiatives are foreseen in 2020 and early 2021, as shown below. While these priorities remain valid, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Commission adjusted its work programme in May 2020 to prioritise actions needed to support the EU’s recovery. EC President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her State of the Union 2020 address on 16 September, focusing on the EU's response to COVID-19, as well as priorities around the European Green Deal and digital strategy. 

Meanwhile, the European Parliament held its first-ever European Gender Equality Week from 26 to 29 October 2020, at the initiative of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM). 

Eurofound’s work directly feeds into a number of these key areas aimed at creating a strong social Europe. Explore where Eurofound’s research can provide you with the most current findings relevant to the EU policy priorities.

Priority 1: An economy that works for people

Working for social fairness and prosperity 

This priority includes the following EU initiatives:

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Priority 2: A Europe fit for the digital age

Empowering people with a new generation of technologies. This priority includes the following initiatives:

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Priority 3: Promoting our European way of life

Building a Union of equality in which we all have the same access to opportunities. This priority includes the following initiatives:

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Priority 4: A European Green Deal

Striving to be the first climate-neutral continent. This priority includes the following initiative:

  • European Green Deal to ensure a transition to a climate-neutral continent which is fair and just for all and where ‘no one will be left behind’

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Priority 5: A stronger Europe in the world

Europe to strive for more by strengthening our unique brand of responsible global leadership. This priority includes the following initiative:

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Priority 6: A new push for European democracy

Nurturing, protecting and strengthening our democracy. This priority includes the following initiatives:

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