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    • Justice and Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs
    54th meeting of COSAC – National representatives stressed the importance of solidarity between EU Member States to overcome the challenges linked to the refugees crisis

    Representatives of EU Member States' national parliaments met in Luxembourg for the 54th Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC), which took place on 30 November and 1 December 2015. The debates focused on the European agenda on migration, the strategy for a digital market in Europe, and lastly, EU enlargement policy. For the first session devoted to the European agenda on migration, the debates specifically concentrated on common asylum policy and legal migration policy, as well as the fight against illegal migration and external borders security. During the debates, an overwhelming majority of speakers stressed the importance of solidarity between EU Member States to respond to challenges linked to the refugees crisis.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness

    European Union (EU) Ministers for Competitiveness met in Brussels on 30 November 2015 for the first part of a Competitiveness Council devoted to issues related to the internal market and industry, the last meeting of its kind under the Luxembourg Presidency. During the meeting chaired by Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Economy, European Ministers covered for the first time the new strategy for the internal market and also looked at the second competitiveness "check-up". The discussions also covered ways to take advantage of the new programme for better regulations to improve the functioning of the internal market, as well as recommendations for the creation of a system of national competitiveness boards in the Eurozone.

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    • Justice and Home Affairs, Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Researchers, students and interns from third countries – The Council approves a compromise on new rules to make the European Union more accessible

    On 26 November 2015, on behalf of the Council of the European Union, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved a compromise agreed in trialogue with the European Parliament on a directive which aims to offer a coherent legal framework for third country citizens wishing to enter Europe legally for the purposes of research, study, internships, volunteering, student exchanges and au-pair work. Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum and President in-office of the JHA Council, expressed his satisfaction with the agreement reached by the Luxembourg Presidency: "I am particularly pleased with this agreement which will offer more legal entry routes into the EU Member States. I am convinced about the added value of this new tool and the beneficial effects it will have. The directive will help to make the European Union more accessible and will attract more young talent to Europe, which will help us to invest in the future".

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Nicolas Schmit presents the results of the Valletta Summit on Migration to Euro MEPs and welcomes a new partnership with Africa

    On 25 November 2015, Nicolas Schmit, the Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU Council, addressed MEPs meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg in order to present the results of the Valletta Summit held on 11 and 12 November 2015 and the G20 Summit on 15 and 16 November 2015.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Paris attacks – Nicolas Schmit calls for deeper and more extensive European cooperation against terrorism during a debate in the European Parliament

    Nicolas Schmit, the Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, addressed the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25 November 2015. He represented the Council at the debate on the Paris terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015, also attended by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. In particular, the debate focused on current and future anti-terror measures, referring to the conclusions of the extraordinary JHA Council of 20 November 2015. 'We need deeper and more extensive European cooperation' Nicolas Schmit pledged his support to the victims of terrorism before the MEPs, and called for deeper and more extensive European cooperation.

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    • Competitiveness, Economic and Financial Affairs

    On 24 November 2015, during the second day of the "Manufuture 2015" conference, entitled "Strategic Investments in European Manufacturing to Rise to Global Challenges", which was held in Luxembourg in the framework of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), European industry stakeholders and experts continued discussions on innovation in the manufacturing sector. In his opening address, Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, declared that innovation through research helps to boost reindustrialisation.

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    • Competitiveness, Economic and Financial Affairs
    'Manufacture 2015' Conference- The importance of investing in innovation in the manufacturing sector at the centre of discussions

    In the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the 'Manufacture 2015' Conference was held in Luxembourg on 23 and 24 November 2015. The main aim of this conference, which brought together actors and experts from European industry, was to identify and validate new political, financial and scientific instruments which could help strengthen and improve research and innovation in Europe. In their opening speech, the speakers stressed the importance of investing in the manufacturing sector. Francine Closener, Secretary of State for the Economy, pointed to innovation as the key to competitiveness in the European manufacturing industry.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Extraordinary JHA Council – European Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs adopt a package of measures to be implemented in the near future as a European response to the attacks in Paris

    Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs met in Brussels on 20 November 2015 for an extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council convened by the Luxembourg Presidency as an emergency response to the tragic events in Paris on 13 November. Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Security, and Félix Braz, Minister of Justice, chaired the meeting convened at the request of France. Alongside their French counterparts, Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of Home Affairs, and Christiane Taubira, Minister of Justice, they presented the conclusions drawn from the meeting to the press."Our ambition is to achieve a constant level of simple, effective and truly operational cooperation."

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Etienne Schneider convenes an extraordinary

    On behalf of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Luxembourg Vice-prime minister and minister of Internal security, Etienne Schneider, has convened an extraordinary "Justice and Home affairs" (JHA) Council on 20 November 2015 in Brussels. This decision has been jointly taken with the French authorities. Confronted with barbarism and terrorism, Europe stands united with France. Following the tragic events in Paris, this extraordinary JHA Council will strengthen the European response while ensuring the follow-up of the measures taken.

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    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Étienne Schneider: 'The Extraordinary Council must produce concrete results and decide on tangible measures'

    The Deputy Prime Minister for Internal Security, Étienne Schneider, will chair the extraordinary session of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) in Brussels on 20 November 2015. In cooperation with the French authorities, the Luxembourg Presidency convened the meeting to discuss and decide on the European response to the Paris attacks. The joint meeting will focus primarily on the European system for passenger name records (PNR), arms trafficking, strengthening external EU border controls and the fight against financing terrorism.

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    • Competitiveness
    2015 SME Assembly – An ambitious policy for SMEs is 'a priority for the Luxembourg Presidency'

    In the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the European 2015 SME Assembly was organised by the European Commission in Luxembourg, from 18 to 20 November 2015, as the culmination of the European SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Week. The conference, which sets out to be a major event for SMEs in Europe, seeks to offer these enterprises a platform for exchange and debate, and thus to enable them to participate in shaping policies specific to their needs. The Secretary of State for the Economy, Francine Closener, and the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, opened the debates on 19 November, in the presence of the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Maria Teresa.

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    • Competitiveness
    2015 SME Assembly - The obstacles experienced by small businesses at the heart of discussions

    Dans le contexte de la Présidence luxembourgeoise du Conseil de l’Union européenne (UE), l'Assemblée européenne des PME 2015 a été organisée par la Commission européenne à Luxembourg, du 18 au 20 novembre 2015, en point d’orgue de la semaine européenne des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME). Le dernier jour de la conférence, plusieurs sessions ont été consacrées aux problèmes qu’affrontent les PME, comme les barrières au sein du marché intérieur ou le déficit en matière de compétences numériques. Costas Andropoulos, Chef d’unité de la Direction générale du marché intérieur, de l’industrie, de l’entrepreneuriat et des PME (DG Grow) de la Commission européenne, a conclu la conférence en indiquant que la Commission va retenir de ces sessions la nécessité de continuer à ‘penser aux petits d’abord’, de combler les lacunes restantes dans le marché unique, et de revoir les règles de TVA.

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    • Competitiveness, Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    European Data Forum 2015 – Marc Hansen believes that 'Europe has a unique opportunity to invest in the development and deployment of HPC technology and Big Data to ensure the competitiveness of its research and industries'

    Under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the 2015 edition of the 'European Data Forum' is being held in Luxembourg on 16 and 17 November 2015. This annual meeting of industry, research, public authorities and community initiatives, devoted to the challenges relating to Big Data and the data economy aims to respond to the question of 'how to use data integration in a European Digital Single Market?'. Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, opened the second day of the conference with the European Commissioner for Digital Economy, Günther Oettinger.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Étienne Schneider meets the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in order to discuss a European response to the Paris attacks

    The deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Security Étienne Schneider has met in Brussels, on 17 November 2015, the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. Following the terrorist attacks carried out in Paris on 13 November, and in view to strengthening the European response, the aim of this meeting was to ensure a greater involvement of the European Parliament in the future decisions to be taken on measures on security and in the domain of the fight against terrorism. In this context, the president of the European Parliament and Minister Schneider discussed the state of play of the negotiation on the proposal for a directive on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness, Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    European Data Forum 2015 – For Xavier Bettel, the digital single market is 'an area where we can demonstrate that Europe is able to deliver'

    Under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the 2015 edition of the "European Data Forum" is being held in Luxembourg on 16 and 17 November 2015. This annual meeting of industry, research, public authorities and community initiatives, devoted to the challenges relating to Big Data and the data economy, aims to respond to the question of 'how to use data integration in a European Digital Single Market?'. "To fully reap the potential of the rise of Big Data we have to ensure that data, its relays and its intermediaries, can all be trusted", explained Xavier Bettel in his opening address on 16 November 2015. For his part, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Single Market, indicated that the ambition of the Commission is to make the data economy work in the EU.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Joint declaration by European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, and Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, representing the Luxembourgish Presidency of the Council of the EU

    “The barbaric attacks of 13 November 2015 are an attack against Europe as a whole. Europe has an historic responsibility to defend its fundamental values and not to succumb to terror. Europe remains united in solidarity against violence and hatred. We have this evening met in Paris in order to coordinate the immediate European action in response to the attacks and to prevent future attacks. European citizens expect a rapid, concrete and efficient response from the European Union. In this framework, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union has convened, in coordination with France, an extraordinary meeting of the 'Justice and Home Affairs' Ministers on Friday 20 November in Brussels in order to provide a strong and united European response. It will focus on the following key subjects: a European PNR, the question of firearms security and the reinforcement of controls at external borders. We underlined the urgent need to take rapid and operational decisions and to put them into practice in a short timespan.”

  • Updated 15-07-2015