EU summit adopts strategy agenda 2019-2024

Leaders of EU member states adopted a new strategic agenda for the 2019-2024 period at Thursday's summit. The agenda identifies four main priorities for EU institutions for the following five years. Follow-up measures will be discussed at the October 2019 session of the European Council.
"In recent years, the world has become increasingly unsettled, complex and subject to rapid change. That creates both opportunities and challenges. Over the next five years, the EU can and will strengthen its role in this changing environment," the EU's statement reads. "Together, we will be determined and focused, building on our values and the strengths of our model. This is the only effective way to shape the future world, promote the interests of our citizens, businesses and societies, and safeguard our way of life."

It thus appears the Strategic Agenda is the EU's reaction to a changing world and will guide the work of its institutions over the next five years. It focuses on four main priorities:
  • protecting citizens and freedoms
  • developing a strong and vibrant economic base
  • building a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe
  • promoting European interests and values on the global stage.

Lastly, the document sets out how to deliver on those priorities, detailing the specific principles and frameworks under each priority.

In earlier news, Thursday's summit came close to adopting a document on making Europe climate neutral by 2050 before the resistance of four countries including Hungary banished the reference to 2050 to a footnote of the strategy.
This article is part of the work programme titled "The impacts of EU cohesion policy in Hungary - Present and Future" which is carried out by Net Média Zrt., the publisher of, between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020 with European Union financing. The views in this article solely reflect the opinions of the author. The European Commission as the funding entity does not take any responsibility for the use of information presented in this article.

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