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.