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The Barroso Commission: Change for a new five-year term?


22 Sep 2009


EU Priorities 2020

EurActiv ‘Special Week’ coverage on the priorities for the next European Commission

EurActiv, the independent media portal specialised in EU policies, is running special coverage on 21-25 September on the new European Commission.

With José Manuel Barroso confirmed last week for a second five-year term at the Commission’s helm, EurActiv will be looking at the challenges the president will be facing in the coming months and years.

What are the likely changes foreseen in the Commission’s workings? How different will the post-2010 Lisbon Agenda for growth and jobs be from the current one? What are the member states’ positions on key policy issues for the next five years – ranging from financial regulation to climate change? These will be among the topics addressed in this Special Week coverage.

Some of these topics are addressed in policy briefings (LinksDossiers) already published on EurActiv, including the following relevant ones:
- 2004-2009: An evaluation of the Barroso Commission
- Growth and jobs: Reshaping the EU's 'Lisbon Strategy'

Frédéric Simon, EurActiv Editor, said: “Despite the uncertainty on whether the Treaty of Lisbon will be ratified in the autumn, there are a number of issues which already seem to stand out as major priorities for the next Commission, such as dealing with international competitiveness issues linked to the EU’s ambitious action on climate change agenda, or dealing with the regulation of financial markets that has put the European economy into recession.”

EurActiv’s coverage of the new Commission’s priorities follows from the extensive coverage of the European elections in its EU elections ’09 section. The section will be merged later in the year with a revamped section on EU priorities.

EurActiv has several other policy sections relevant to the future agenda of the EU institutions, and notably on replacing the current Lisbon Agenda. These include two ‘CrossLingual sections’ (with coverage in its 10 country network and localisation in 10 languages):
- Enterprise and Jobs
- Innovation & Creativity (official media channel for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009)

Media contacts:
Frédéric Simon, Editor, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.78,
Christophe Leclercq, Publisher, Tel. +32(0),

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