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Commission work programme 2013

MEPs have been told that the Commission will make 2013 a "decisive year in tackling the [economic] crisis".

Presenting the Commission's annual work programme on 23 October 2012, vice-president Maros Sefcovic said legislation would be brought forward to insure "genuine economic and monetary union, based on a more political union".

He said there would also be new legislation to boost jobs, and increase integration in the transport, energy and communications sector.

Commissioner Sefcovic also said it was likely that the position of European Public Prosecutor would be created in the coming year.

The position would have responsibility for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment people and organisations connected to offences against the EU's financial interests.

However, Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson warned that the proposals on growth and job were "underfunded and half-hearted", accusing the Commission of having an "ideological attachment to austerity".

There was also criticism from the former BNP and now independent MEP, Andrew Brons, who said that austerity measures were "producing unemployment rather than tackling it".

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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