Letter of Intent maps plan of action for next months of European Commission efforts

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European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and Vice President Franz Timmermans, said that the EC needs to adopt swiftly a series pending proposals. In a letter of intent, there were a number of initiatives proposed amongst which new and complementary initiatives that are being presented together with or as a follow-up to the 2018 State of the Union Address.

Juncker and Timmermans said “The European Union is facing a decisive moment. There are just over 250 days to go until the European Parliament elections of 23-26 May 2019, the biggest democratic exercise of our continent. Thanks to our joint efforts in recent years, we have managed to put the financial and economic crisis behind us. Ten years after Lehman Brothers, the European Union is experiencing its 21st consecutive quarter of growth, and unemployment has fallen to pre-crisis levels, even though it is still too high in a number of Member States. However, even if the European Union has overcome the financial and economic consequences of the crisis, the scars in our societies and democracies still run deep. In addition, an increasingly volatile global situation is making working for a European Union capable of protecting, empowering and defending our citizens more necessary than ever. There can therefore be no respite in our work to build a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe. We must continue to work hard in the remainder of this year and throughout 2019 to advance on our Roadmap to Sibiu which found strong support in the European Parliament and was taken up in the Leaders’ Agenda. There are three things we must now focus on delivering what we have promised; overcoming the challenges that are holding us back; and giving the European Union a perspective for the future.


Some of the proposals are:

  • Adoption of the proposals on Fair Taxation in the digital economy; on the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base; and on the creation of a single EU Value Added Tax definitive regime.
  • Adoption by the co-legislators of the proposal on Anti-Money Laundering with targeted changes to the three Regulations establishing the European Supervisory Authorities.
  • Adoption by the co-legislators of the proposals on the location of the seat of the European Banking Authority and of the European Medicines Agency (Brexit preparedness legislation).
  • Adoption by the co-legislators of the proposal on EU type-approval legislation for motor vehicles (Brexit preparedness legislation).
  • Single Market Communication with an assessment of remaining barriers and options for action to tackle these barriers (November 2018). – Communication on a comprehensive European Union framework on endocrine disruptors. Further initiatives to give perspective for the future of the Union
  • More efficient law-making in the field of taxation: identification of areas for a move to qualified majority voting (January/February 2019).
  • More efficient law-making in social policy: identification of areas for an enhanced use of qualified majority voting (January/February 2019).
  • Adoption by the co-legislators of the proposal on the screening of foreign direct investment in the EU and of the amended proposal concerning an International Procurement Instrument.
  • Adoption by the European Council of the extension of the mandate of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to cross-border terrorism.
  • Adoption by the co-legislators of the proposal to further strengthen the capacities of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, enabling it to establish a standing corps of 10,000 EU border guards by 2020, strengthening its powers in the field of return and allowing it to operate in partner countries outside the EU (presented today).


In their conclusion, Juncker and Timmermans said “the 2018 State of the Union Address and this Letter of Intent lay the ground for a shared commitment by our three institutions to deliver decisively on our promises. This commitment will demonstrate to Europeans the European Union’s added value in this crucial period in the run-up to the European Parliament elections. What we have presented today takes account of the input received from the European Parliament and the Council, and it is a starting point for the interinstitutional dialogue under the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the Commission and the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-making. We are strongly committed to this important interaction with the European Parliament and the Council, as well as with national Parliaments.

We believe that our exchanges will provide a solid basis for the decisive year ahead. To help us deliver on our commitments, address several significant outstanding challenges and give Europeans a perspective for the future of the Union. The Commission is and will remain strongly committed to working on the basis of our better regulation principles. We want to be big on big things and small on small things. The principles of subsidiarity and proportionality will guide all our actions. We will base our decision-making on sound evidence, and we stand ready to make political choices whenever needed.”


The letter of intent can be downloaded here. 


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