Communication on ‘a Europe that delivers: Institutional options for making the European Union’s work more efficient’

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Series Details (2018) 95 final
Publication Date 14/02/2018
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The document presents various options, within the existing Treaty framework, for making the European Union's work more efficient. It includes work on the following topics:

+ Continuation of the Lead Candidates experiment, building on the 2014 'Spitzenkandidaten' experience and highlighting the link between national and European parties;
+ The composition of the European Parliament for the 2019-2024 term and the size of the future European Commission;
+ A single President for the European Union, merging the work conducted by the European Commission and European Council presidents;
+ Citizens' Dialogues and other initiatives that contribute for closer relations between EU institutions and its citizens.

The Communication is accompanied by a Recommendation on enhancing the European nature and efficient conduct of the 2019 elections to the European Parliament, updating and complementing some elements of its Recommendation of 2013.

Background information:

The proposed ideas and options are a direct follow-up to the European Commission's report on the 2014 European Parliament elections which pledged to identify ways of further enhancing the European dimension and the democratic legitimacy of the EU decision-making process, and to examine further, and seek to address, the reasons for the persistently low turnout in some Member States.

+ Juncker suggests changes to EU political framework in his 2017 State of the Union address

+ Legislative initiative on the composition of the European Parliament [European Parliament, February 2018]
+ Revision of the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission [European Parliament, February 2018]

The European Commission published on 14 February 2018 a Communication setting out a number of options that could contribute to improving the European Union's efficiency and the connections between EU institutions and citizens.

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RTÉ, 14.02.18: Juncker tells Britain he doesn't want 'European super-state'
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European Commission: Press Release, 14.02.18: A Europe that delivers: Commission presents ideas for a more efficient European Union
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Euro|topics, February 2018: Juncker's reform: on the path to a people's EU?

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