The European Commission has published a report summarising the European Union’s activities and achievements in 2015. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker reflects on 2015 as being a year where the world closely watched the EU and how it dealt with a series of unprecedented crises, such as the terrorist attacks in Paris in January and November and the massive influx of refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Juncker furthermore states that other important developments that characterise 2015 include the financial and political instability of Greece, unacceptably high unemployment rates throughout the EU and the fact that 195 countries reached political agreement and adopted the first ever universal, legally binding deal to address climate change.
At the beginning of his mandate in November 2014 Jean-Claude Juncker determined that the European Commission would focus on 10 political priorities, corresponding to the most important economic and societal challenges within the European Union. The 10 priorities of Juncker and his team of European Commissioners were the following:
Priority 1: A new boost for jobs, growth and investment.
Priority 2: A connected digital single market.
Priority 3: A resilient energy union with a forward-looking climate change policy.
Priority 4: A deeper and fairer internal market with a strengthened industrial base.
Priority 5: A deeper and fairer economic and monetary union.
Priority 6: A reasonable and balanced free trade agreement with the United States.
Priority 7: An area of justice and fundamental rights based on mutual trust.
Priority 8: Towards a new policy on migration.
Priority 9: A stronger global actor.
Priority 10: A Union of democratic change.
For those who are curious about what activities the EU undertook to address these 10 priorities in 2015, the published reports are most likely an interesting read.