On 19 October 2020, the European Commission published its work programme for 2021 entitled “A Union of vitality in a world of fragility”. In essence, the Commission wants a shift from strategic planning to practical implementation. Last year's planning for the six overarching objectives is now to be given a concrete start, with the main focus on new legislative initiatives and the revision of existing legislation.
In the European Green Deal, the Commission will in particular review the relevant climate and energy legislation and adapt it to the recently proposed target of reducing emissions by at least 55 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. All this is to be done as part of a package called “Fit for 55 Package”, which will cover all sectors, including the transport sector with CO2 emission targets for cars, use of renewable energy and other relevant sectors.
The Commission will also propose a series of measures for sustainable and smart mobility, including a revision of the Trans-European Transport Network Regulation and the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive. The Sustainable and Intelligent Mobility Package includes the development of Post-Euro 6/VI emission standards for cars, vans, trucks and buses.
Furthermore, the Commission will propose a digital roadmap with clearly defined goals for 2030, such as for connectivity, skills and digital public services. The approach will follow clear principles: the right to privacy and connectivity, freedom of speech, free flow of data and cybersecurity. The Commission wants to take action across these different areas, notably with legislation covering the safety, liability, fundamental rights and data aspects of artificial intelligence and a Data Act to set the right conditions for better control and conditions for data sharing for citizens and businesses.
In the same spirit, the Commission will propose a new European digital identity to make it easier to do tasks and access services online across Europe and ensure people have greater control and peace of mind over what data they share and how it is used.
Related link: Commission Work Programme 2021.