European Union, EU
European Union, EU

The European Union EU will seek to protect its citizens while boosting the economy, fighting climate change and bolstering the bloc’s global role.

This is according to a draft document, which sets out priorities for the next European Commission for 2024.

The next European Commission is to take up its work in November following EU-wide elections in July.

A high-stakes political race is under way to appoint the next president of the commission.

The draft agenda, prepared for a meeting of EU leaders from June 10 to 15, stresses that first and foremost they must ensure the integrity of their physical space, drawing the lessons from a migration influx in 2015 to 2016.

The draft agenda stresses the need to tackle the “existential threat’’ of climate change.

The issue was a key topic during the European Parliament elections, delivering a boost to green parties across the bloc in the wake of recent youth climate protests.