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    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Nicolas Schmit presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the EMPL Committee of the European Parliament

    Nicolas Schmit, the Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency on 15 July 2015 in terms of employment and social policy to the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) of the European Parliament which was meeting in Brussels."Europe is surely emerging from one of the most serious economic and financial crises since the crisis of 29", said the Minister in his introduction. In this context, it is "absolutely urgent" to restore the social dimension in European construction, emphasised Nicolas Schmit.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, the Minister of Social Security, Romain Schneider and the Minister for Equal Opportunities, Lydia Mutsch will chair the informal meeting of Ministers of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal opportunities on 16 and 17 July 2015 in Luxembourg. The minister Corinne Cahen will participate in the debate in her capacity as the Minister for Family and Integration.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Informal EPSCO Council – The Luxembourg Presidency wants to give more visibility to the social component in the EU and the Economic and Monetary Union governance

    The European Union (EU) Ministers for Labour and Social Affairs met in Luxembourg on 16 July 2015 for an informal meeting on issues relating to employment, social affairs and equal opportunities. The first session on the social dimension of EU and the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) governance, several weeks after the publication of the Five Presidents' Report on the deepening of the EMU, which also addressed the social component issue, was co-chaired by the Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, and the Minister for Social Security, Romain Schneider.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness, Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Etienne Schneider presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament

    On 16 July 2015 in Brussels, the Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in this area to members of the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament, including the removal of barriers to cross-border trade and improving industrial competitiveness. The Minister also announced his intention to set up the governance of the Energy Union and to start legislative work to revise the directive on energy labelling.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Lydia Mutsch presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency before the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament

    The Minister for Health, Lydia Mutsch, presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency before the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament in the fields of public health, medicinal products and medical devices as well as food safety.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Agriculture and Fisheries
    Fernand Etgen presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament

    The Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection, Fernand Etgen, presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of agriculture to the Committee on "Agriculture and Rural Development" (AGRI) of the European Parliament meeting in Brussels on 16 July 2015.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Foreign Affairs
    Jean Asselborn presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency before the AFET Committee of the European Parliament

    On 15 July 2015, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn was received in the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) for a hearing where he presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in this area. In his statement, the Minister focused on the objectives of the Presidency with regard to enlargement, and more specifically, on those candidate countries with which negotiations have been formally opened: Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Etienne Schneider, Jean Asselborn and Félix Braz presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament

    On 15 July 2015, the Minister for Internal Security, Etienne Schneider, the Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, and the Minister for Justice, Félix Braz, presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the areas of interior security, migration and justice and fundamental rights to the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament which met in Brussels.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Xavier Bettel presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency before the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament

    In his capacity as Minister of Communications and Media, the Prime Minister Xavier Bettel presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of telecommunications to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE ) of the European Parliament meeting in Brussels on 15 July 2015.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Institutional Affairs
    Nicolas Schmit presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the AFCO Committee of the European Parliament

    Nicolas Schmit, the Luxembourg Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, presented the priorities of the Presidency to MEPs of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) on 15 July 2015. "Institutional aspects are often considered to be limited to experts, yet that is where the issue whether the Union is truly democratic, transparent and inspires confidence lies". With these words Nicolas Schmit opened discussions and expressed his determination to explain to citizens that these are important issues.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    Pierre Gramegna presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency before the ECON Committee of the European Parliament

    The Finance Minister, Pierre Gramegna, attended the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) of the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 July 2015, to present its members with the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of economy and finances. Upon welcoming "the central role" of its guests to achieve the objectives of the Presidency, the Minister said he was aware of the many challenges at this "decisive moment" for Europe, against the backdrop of a weak recovery which is also too dependent on temporary factors. Pierre Gramegna cited high unemployment, the lack of necessary investments in companies, the prevailing gaps in Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), the issues still open for business taxation and the issues associated with climate change.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Lydia Mutsch and Corinne Cahen presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the European Parliament's FEMM committee

    On 14 July 2015, the Minister of Equal Opportunities, Lydia Mutsch, and the Minister of Family and Integration, Corinne Cahen, presented the priorities for the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of gender equality and the integration of Roma populations to the European Parliament's committee on women's rights and gender equality which met in Brussels.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    The Ecofin Council – The ministers discuss the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency, adopt the country-specific recommendations and discuss the first stages of the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union

    The finance ministers of the Member States of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels on 14 July 2015, to attend the first formal meeting of the "Economic and Financial Affairs" Council (Ecofin) under the Luxembourg Presidency. The ministers then concluded the 2015 European Semester process by adopting the country-specific recommendations and had an initial exchange concerning the five presidents' report on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The Luxembourg Minister of Finance and President of the Ecofin Council, Pierre Gramegna, also presented the work programme of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has received Secretary-General of the European Trade-Union Confederation (ETUC) Bernadette Ségol

    On Tuesday, 14 July 2015, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel received the Secretary-General of the European Trade-Union Confederation (ETUC) Bernadette Ségol in Luxembourg for a meeting also attended by Minister for Labour, Employment, and the Social and Solidarity Economy Nicolas Schmit as well as represnatives of the unions OGBL and LCGB. The discussions centred primarily on the priorities of Luxembourg's Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) as well as social issues and current affairs.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Foreign Affairs
    Jean Asselborn presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency before the INTA Committee of the European Parliament

    On 14 July 2015, Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU Council to MEPs in the International Trade Committee (INTA). According to Jean Asselborn, it is important to "defend an inclusive and consistent European trade policy, which offers real opportunities for access to markets of our partner countries", while pursuing "a regular and sustained dialogue between the European Parliament, the Commission and civil society".

  • Updated 15-07-2015