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Juncker sets up task force on 'doing less more efficiently'

15 November 2017, 17:49 CET
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Juncker sets up task force on 'doing less more efficiently'

Jean-Claude Juncker - Photo EC

(BRUSSELS) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker established a new task force Tuesday, the 'Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality' tasked with 'Doing Less More Efficiently'.

The Task Force will report to the EC president by 15 July 2018, making recommendations on how to better apply the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, identifying policy areas where work could be re-delegated or definitely returned to Member States, as well as ways to better involve regional and local authorities in EU policy making and delivery.

Mr Juncker used the State of the Union address on 13 September to announce initiative, saying: "This Commission has sought to be big on big issues and small on the small ones and has done so. To finish the work we started, I am setting up a Subsidiarity and Proportionality Task Force to take a very critical look at all policy areas to make sure we are only acting where the EU adds value."

The Task Force is due to start work on 1 January 2018, chaired by Frans Timmermans, Commission First Vice-President in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

It will be composed of 9 additional members, with 3 members from national Parliaments, 3 from the European Parliament and 3 from the Committee of the Regions. In letters sent out today, President Juncker has invited the Presidents of the European Parliament, of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) and of the Committee of the Regions to nominate Members from their institutions for the Task Force.

In his State of the Union Address Mr Juncker's vision for the future of Europe included one scenario entitled 'Doing less more efficiently' under which the European Union would step up its work in certain fields, while stopping to act or doing less, in domains where it is perceived as having more limited added value, or as being unable to deliver on its promises.

The work of the Task Force is expected to contribute to the further evolution of the European Union in the context of the Commission's Roadmap for "a more united, stronger and more democratic Union". Mr Juncker is hoping the Roadmap will be completed and agreed at a Leaders' meeting in Sibiu (Romania) on 9 May 2019, in time for the European Parliament elections.

The principles of 'subsidiarity and proportionality' are laid down in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union. The subsidiarity principle aims to ensure that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that the EU does not take action unless it is more effective than action taken at national, regional or local level. The proportionality principle limits the exercise of the EU's powers to what is necessary to achieve the objectives of the Treaties. As an example of the application of these principles under this Commission, state aid control has already been largely re-delegated to national authorities, and 90% of all state aid measures are now in the hands of national, regional and local authorities.

Decision on the establishment of a Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and "Doing Less More Efficiently"


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