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    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • General Affairs

    The Ministers and Secretaries of State for European Affairs met in Luxembourg on 23 and 24 July 2015 for an informal meeting chaired by Jean Asselborn, the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, in the presence of the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans.The Ministers and Secretaries of State held an exchange of views about the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency. For this first working session, the Presidency also invited the Ministers for European Affairs from the candidate countries for accession to the EU.The second session concerned the Commission's work programme for 2016. During their working lunch, the Ministers discussed the Five Presidents' Report on the completion of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), published on 22 June. For Jean Asselborn, the debate's challenge was to "clarify some of the issues and elucidate the different aspects of the roadmap for the EMU's completion".

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Environment
    Informal meeting of Ministers for the Environment - Paving the way to the Paris Climate Agreement

    EU Ministers for the Environment met in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 July 2015 for an informal meeting chaired by Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's Minister for the Environment. Ministers discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the state of play of climate negotiations in view of an ambitious Paris agreement and how to finance the fight against climate change. European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, presented the new proposal on how to reform the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness
    Informal Competitiveness Council – EU Ministers responsible for Research stress the importance of fostering a

    Ministers responsible for Research came together on 21 July 2015 in Luxembourg for the "research" component of the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Competitiveness which started the day before. Chaired by Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, the meeting addressed the integrity of research and equal opportunities in research. On the whole, the delegations supported the efforts of the Luxembourg Presidency to encourage a responsible course of conduct in research across the whole research and innovation cycle, from the initial idea to the final product, asserted the Secretary of State after the meeting. They also supported the work of the Presidency which pays particular attention to taking concrete action in promoting gender quality in research and innovation.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Economic and Financial Affairs, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel receives the President of the employers' organisation BusinessEurope, Emma Marcegaglia

    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel received the President of the employers' organisation Business Europe, Emma Marcegaglia, in the context of Luxembourg's presidency of the EU Council on 21 July 2015. Several topics were discussed: the situation in Greece, the strengthening of industrial policy in Europe and the future economic governance of the European Union (EU). Social Europe, business taxation and the reform of emission trading scheme (ETS) quotas were also discussed.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness
    Informal Competitiveness Council – Ministers responsible for the Economy discussed improvements to EU legislation to strengthen the competitiveness of the European economy

    Ministers responsible for the Economy came together in Luxembourg on 20 July 2015 for an informal meeting to address issues of competitiveness. Under the title "Trading beyond borders. Competing globally. What the EU can do for you", the meeting chaired by Étienne Schneider, Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, focused on the potential benefits of well-thought-out and coherent rules for European companies. The aim was to find an answer to the following question: "How can we ensure that Europe and its rules bring tangible added value to our economies?"

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    JHA Council - Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs reach an agreement on the relocation mechanism for asylum seekers

    At an extraordinary Council meeting on 20 July 2015, chaired by Jean Asselborn, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum, the Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) of the EU Member States reached consensus on the distribution of asylum seekers in the Member States. The Ministers adopted a general approach for 32,256 refugees to be welcomed under the temporary relocation procedure which was proposed by the European Commission in its Agenda on Migration in May 2015. The procedure provides for the relocation of 40,000 migrants eligible for refugee status who are currently in Greece and Italy. Furthermore, the Ministers adopted the conclusions which anticipate the resettlement of 22,504 refugees from outside European territory.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Environment
    In view of COP21, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) in Luxembourg is qualified as a good and constructive meeting

    On 18 and 19 July 2015, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) met in Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg. The meeting was chaired by Luxembourg's Minister for the Environment, Carole Dieschbourg, who is currently the chair of the Environment Council of the European Union, Caroline Atkinson, US National Security Advisor for International Economics (G8-G20 Sherpa), and Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change at the US State Department.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Informal EPSCO Council- Ministers for Gender Equality and Employment discussed the need to achieve greater equality between men and women in employment

    During an Informal Ministerial Meeting on 17 July 2015 entitled "Changes in the Labour Market: a challenge for men and women", the Ministers for Gender Equality and Employment exchanged strategies to better meet the needs of men and women for greater balance between work and family life. The Commission announced that it will present a proposal for a revised directive on maternity leave, in so far it has withdrawn its earlier proposal of 2008 in the context of its "Better Regulation" programme.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Informal EPSCO Council – The Luxembourg Presidency presents an initiative for youth employment in the Maghreb countries

    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. After focusing, in the first instance, on the social dimension of EU governance, the Ministers discussed the issue of youth employment over a working lunch with social partners and then during a session with their counterparts from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. As the Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, chaired these meetings.

    • 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 · 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.

  • Updated 15-07-2015