Council approves the EU's legislative priorities for 2017
Council of the EU
On 13 December 2016, the Council approved the EU's legislative priorities for 2017 as agreed beforehand with the European Parliament and the Commission. This will help the three EU institutions to pool their efforts and to ensure substantial progress in fields where they are most needed. A joint declaration setting out the EU priorities will be signed by the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, the President of the Parliament, Martin Schulz, and the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker later the same day.
"This is the first time that the EU establishes a set of common legislative priorities for the following year. This will allow the EU institutions to work more closely together to tackle the significant challenges which lie ahead."Miroslav Lajčák, Slovak Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and President of the Council
In 2017, the EU will give priority treatment to legislative initiatives in the following policy areas:
The Council, Parliament and Commission agreed that progress is also needed in pursuing their commitment to common European values, in the fight against tax fraud, in the preservation of the principle of free movement and in the reinforcement of Europe's contribution to stability, security and peace.