A new European Commission took office on 1 December 2019.
In front of the European Parliament, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had pledged to set the fight against climate change and a Green Deal for Europe at the very top of the EU policy agenda next other principles/elements such as the support for « an economy serving people », a strengthening of European democracy and the European Parliament’s right for initiative or the defense of the rule of law.
The College of Commissioners, composed of Commissioners from the 27 Member States of the European Union will take the political leadership of the European Commission until 2024.
In so-called ‘mission letters’, von der Leyen highlighted their respective objectives and tasks.
Commissioner for Jobs Nicolas Schmit has been mandated to develop a Social Economy Action Plan.
The European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy (REVES aisbl) welcomes this and hopes, inter alia, for a recognition of the important role local and regional governments and multi-stakeholder partnerships (should) play in its promotion.
At the same time, REVES hopes for a clear commitment to the social economy and related initiatives also by other Commissioners covering topics such as a European Action Plan for the Implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the Conference on the Future of Europe, social and territorial cohesion, the new SME strategy, the revision of EU competetion rules, to name just a few…
Also at administrative level, the recent positive dynamics of cooperation between Directorate-Generals should not be lost.