The European Union is facing unprecedented challenges ranging from high unemployment, slow economic growth, economic uncertainties and a huge investment gap to migratory pressure and environmental and security challenges, as well as instability in its neighbourhood. Many citizens have lost confidence in the capacity of political institutions at all levels to tackle these challenges. Some achievements of European integration so far, like the free movement of persons and open internal borders, are being questioned. Populism and nationalism are on the rise. In November 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker... took over as President of the European Commission, the executive organ of the European Union. He was elected on a political programme whose main purpose is to rebuild bridges in Europe and to restore European citizens’ confidence by focusing EU policies on the key challenges ahead for our economies and societies, as well as to strengthen democratic legitimacy. To meet all of these challenges, Jean-Claude Juncker identified the 10 key priorities which are outlined in this booklet. They are the main focus for the EU institutions in 2015. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.