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Commission programme of activities for 1993 and 1994 and the legislative programme for 1993

An overview of Commission activities is set out in the European Commission's Programme for 1993 and 1994. This, together with its 1993 legislative programme, is now published in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

The framework for Commission activities in 1993 ...
An overview of Commission activities is set out in the European Commission's Programme for 1993 and 1994. This, together with its 1993 legislative programme, is now published in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

The framework for Commission activities in 1993 and 1994 is already in place:

- The Single Market became operational on 1 January 1993 and its success will depend on how it is managed;
- Action must be taken on the major political priorities flowing from the European Council's conclusions on the second package of financial and structural measures and the 1993 to 1994 financial perspective;
- As agreed in Edinburgh, the ground will have to be prepared for implementing the Treaty on European Union once ratification is complete;
- Community enlargement negotiations are about to begin.

In this context, the Commission attaches special importance to practical measures that will help improve the Community's image. These will include measures to boost economic performance, to increase openness and improve communications with the general public, and to make the frontier-free market operate smoothly and to ensure greater consistency in action taken abroad.

Pragmatism will dominate the new phase of European integration. This calls for a review of certain activities and solid, visible results in the short term, plus preparation for what lies ahead. The Commission intends to concentrate on four main areas:

- The success of the single market;
- Concentration of Community action on what is essential or indispensable to attain its objectives (action both within the Community and outside it);
- Implementation of the Treaty on European Union;
- Information and communication.

The legislative programme for 1993, published in the same Official Journal, is purely indicative as regards substance and timing. Its underlying aim is to offer a comprehensive summary, within a dynamic time frame, of all principal legislative activity. It covers measures currently in preparation at the Commission, proposals for Directives, Regulations and Decisions, including those relating to international agreements.

A total of 100 items of new legislation are to be proposed during 1993, plus 50 proposals for amendment, integration or updating of existing instruments, 19 consolidation measures and some 50 international agreements.

Topics related to Community RTD include, inter alia, the environment, training, energy, health, education and youth, standardization, interoperability of networks, and the development of international scientific and technological cooperation. With regard to The Fourth Framework Programme of research and technological development (1994-1998), the 1993 programme bears on:

- Consolidation and concentration of the full range of RTD and industrial innovation activities with a view to maintaining the competitiveness of European industry and using science and technology to serve society;
- The establishment of rules for the participation of industry, research centres and universities and for the dissemination of results;
- The first specific RTD programmes.

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