Overijse, a retreat for EU Commission’s College
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PUBLISHED  01:23 September 4, 2012

The College of the European Commission will meet tomorrow out of Brussels in retreat to reflect and brainstorm on the next two years

By Alia Papageorgiou

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The European Union's Administrative body the European Commission is back in play this week as Brussels slowly lifts the summer wardrobe into the uppper cupboards and prepares the autumn working boots, chosing to escape for the day to measure, brainstorm and evaluate where the next two years will take us.

As a mandate ending in 2014 draws ever closer the agenda for the College of Commissioners is focused on the following: the political challenges for the year ahead, the State of the Union speech (#SOTEU) the Commission's work programme for 2013 and lastly but not least, the aforementioned mandate untill 2014.

The European Commission's College of Commissioners meet as a rule every Wednesday in the Berlaymont Building in Brussels and when convened in Strasbourg they meet on a Tuesday, there is however room for exceptional meetings outside of these guidelines where the President draws an agenda and brings forth further topics.

The European Parliament is already planning a communication strategy for the European Elections of 2014 and the major issues now facing Europe in the next two years will be on the forefront of every leader's mind across the continent.

For the remainder of this week on Thursday and Friday 6-7 of September as reported yesterday the European Commission will bring together the highest level of leadership to address Jobs and Growth specifically, following on from the Directorate General Connect's efforts to broaden the role that information technology could play in boosting jobs via a  public tender which closed in mid- August, approaching the subject from an online engagement perspective, as one example of what many DGs are already doing.

Next week brings the Constitutional Court of Germany back into focus as the decision of the Court on whether Germany's membership to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is in fact in conflict with Germany's constitutional law would be delivered on September 12, therefore an appropriate time to reflect in Overijse on various scenarios there.

"What a difference a day makes" says the old adage, but in this case one day will be burdened with a heavy agenda and we haven't even mentioned all the issues burdening the remaining EU 26.

Piotr Kaczynski from the Centre for European Policy Studies expects much from the next two years of the European Commission's mandate he told New Europe, "the EuroZone is obviously the highest on the priorities, which will drag on for at least another two years, content on this will include the financial market regulation, the banking union regulation, budgetary controls of national budgets, and all points that have been in the working programme passed since 2010."

One thing Kaczynski did urge however was a further focus of making Europe "a real Digital Union" as a future goal and one that would aid in both political, economic and social matters.

The European Central Bank refused to comment on what the following two years could bring and we await the conclusions from tomorrow's meeting.

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