Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg in October, Jean Claude Juncker launched the 2016 European Commission Work Programme.   In this the Commission second work programme President Juncker reaffirmed the EU executive's commitment to the ten political priorities. As a follow up to the State of the Union address, the Work Programme calls on the European Parliament and Council to help deliver quick and effective results in the most important policy areas.

With the launch of a consultation paper on “Shaping international climate change policy beyond 2020” the European Commission has made it clear that they do not believe an international agreement on global carbon reduction can be achieved by 2015. In particular the area around “common but differentiated responsibility” which looks ‘precisely’ at how to share global carbon reduction efforts equitably and fairly between nations has little chance of coming to a resolution.