European Commission publishes 2019 General Report on the Activities of the European Union
The 2019 edition of the EU General Report highlights the European Green Deal announced by President von der Leyen in December. The Green Deal seeks to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while creating jobs, improving people’s health and quality of life, caring for the environment and leaving no one behind. The report also shows how the EU is delivering for Europeans. In 2019, the European economy enjoyed its seventh consecutive year of growth, employment reached a record high and unemployment fell to 6.3%, its lowest level since the beginning of the century. The Investment Plan for Europe mobilised over €439 billion in investment across Europe. The EU also reaffirmed its position as a leading trade power. In 2019, it saw its agreements with Japan and Singapore enter into force, concluded negotiations for an agreement with the Mercosur trading bloc, and signed a deal with Vietnam. On border management, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)’s reinforced mandate entered into force, giving it the operational capacity and powers needed to effectively support Member States on the ground. The Agency will be equipped with its own standing corps of border guards, has a stronger mandate on returns and can cooperate more closely with non-EU countries. The report also presents the changes in leadership of the different European institutions in 2019, including the European Parliament, European Council, and European Commission. The publication of the General Report fulfils the Commission’s legal obligation under Article 249(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to publish an annual report on the activities of the European Union. It is available in all official languages of the EU as a fully illustrated book and in an interactive online version.