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The Department has a national coordinating role in the negotiation phases in many sectors. Among the main dossiers processedad hocand through the CTV and the CIAE:

  • European Semester/preparation of the PNR
  • Monetary Economic Union
  • Multiannual Financial Framework
  • European Pillar of Social Rights (European Accessibility Act, Work-life balance)
  • Environment, Energy, and Climate
  • Maritime Spatial Planning

European Pillar of Social Rights

Growth opportunities in Europe have been hindered or slowed by the economic crisis. Demographic trends and technological innovations have transformed the labor market. The principle of subsidiarity gives Member States the main competence in social and labor policy. According to the Treaties, the EU supports and completes the actions of the States themselves. The DEP follows the themes and the evolution of the European Pillar of social rights.

EMU - Economic and Monetary Union

The Economic and monetary union is considered one of the objectives to be achieved to foster greater integration, stability, economic growth, and employment. The theme, which has become even more important since the last financial crisis, is often the subject of debate at the CIAE and the CTV.

Environment, Energy, and Climate

Environmental policy is one of the priority topics of interest for Europe. Sustainable and efficient use of available resources is encouraged, including through research and innovation activities. Among the objectives: energy saving, the reduction of waste and therefore pollution, but also the creation of new skills and opportunities for employment and growth. The strategies adopted by the Commission are different. The DEP, in agreement with the leading administrations, follows some of the main dossiers related to Environment, Climate, and Energy.

European Semester

The European Semester is a process involving the Commission, the EU Council and the Member States, with the aim of coordinating macroeconomic and budget policies. This process is highlighted by the Commission following a dialogue with each Member State, the areas in which the latter will have to commit itself to contribute to the common growth. The DEP in agreement with the Ministry of the Economy and Finance follows and coordinates the various stages of the procedure.

Maritime Spatial Planning

In July 2014, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU adopted a directive aimed at creating a common framework for maritime spatial planning in Europe. Each Member State will be able to plan its maritime activities by ensuring the development of economic activities and sea protection.

MFF - Multiannual Financial Framework

By the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the European Union establishes how to allocate its resources among the large sectors of its activities: cohesion policy, agricultural policy, research, foreign policy, security, European citizenship, administrative expenditure, and other issues. Normally the MFF has a duration of seven years. The current includes the 2014-2020 period. The negotiations for the new post-2020 MFF opened in 2018.

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