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Commission work programme for 2005. Communication from the President in agreement with Vice-President Wallström. COM (2005) 15 final, 26 January 2005

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EN COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 26.1.2005 COM(2005) 15 final COMMISSION WORK PROGRAMME FOR 2005 Communication from the President in agreement with Vice-President Wallström EN EN I INTRODUCTION 2005 will be a pivotal year for the European Union. Europe needs to create more growth and jobs by injecting new vigour into the Lisbon strategy; it needs to provide the means to support prosperity, solidarity and security through agreement on the Financial Perspectives; and it needs to enhance citizens' freedom, security and justice on a European scale through the implementation of the Hague programme. Key decisions must be taken which will have a direct impact on the future of the enlarged Union. At the same time, the Constitution serves as a reminder to the Union of why it is here and where it is going. The European Commission has a central role to drive this agenda forward and intends to pursue these goals with energy and determination. The following features of the 2005 political climate are of particular significance: • Economic Growth in Europe is stuck at a little over 2%. This is not enough to tackle unemployment and reflects broader weaknesses in Europe’s ability to be competitive and to promote the key drivers of growth. • Ratification of the Constitution will spark intense political debate in Member States across the Union. This debate, like any debate on the future of the Union, will clearly be the source of opposing views; but it will also offer an opportunity to enhance public understanding of the Union. • The negotiations on the Financial Perspectives give the Union an opportunity to ensure that one of the key tools at its disposal, the EU budget, is directed to maximise the effectiveness of the Union’s output in accordance with its objectives; • 2005 will be a crucial year to ensure proper functioning of the newly enlarged Union. This legislative and Work Programme (hereafter the Work Programme) conce

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