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    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.

    • 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.

    • 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
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Informal JHA Council - Ministers of Justice discuss the protection of the EU's financial interests, the European Public Prosecutor's Office and the protection of rights of the child

    The informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Luxembourg continued on 10 July 2015 with a section devoted to justice. At the press conference held after the meeting, Luxembourg's Minister of Justice, Félix Braz, who chaired the meeting, summarised the work with his counterparts. The three items on the agenda were the proposed Directive on the protection of the EU's financial interests, (known as the 'PIF' Directive), the European Public Prosecutor's Office and the revision of the 'Brussels II bis' Regulation.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Informal JHA Council – Ministers agree to the resettlement of 20,000 refugees in the EU, but delay their decision on the relocation of 40,000 asylum seekers until 20 July, announces Jean Asselborn

    The second part of the informal meeting of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) from the Member States of the European Union (EU), which was held in Luxembourg on 9 July 2015, allowed Ministers to address migration issues and, in particular, the resettlement and relocation of 60,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the Member States. Ministers also discussed the wider Agenda on Migration set out by the European Commission, as well as the fight against migrant smuggling.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    António Guterres urges Europe to give a

    António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR), has asked Europe to give a "robust response" to the refugee crisis. He called on the EU Member States to develop "effective mechanisms" for showing solidarity, and to fully assume their responsibilities. He delivered his statement at a press conference in Luxembourg ahead of the first day of the informal meeting of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), who had gathered primarily to discuss the issues of immigration and the distribution of refugees.

    • · Press releases
    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    EU budget 2016 - Council agrees its position

    On 9 July 2015, the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee agreed its position on the draft 2016 EU budget, on the basis of a compromise text of the Luxembourg Presidency. "I believe that the Council’s political agreement strikes the right balance between fiscal consolidation and strategic investments that Europe needs to mitigate the negative effects of the current economic and social situation", said Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg’s minister for Finance and President of the Council.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Informal JHA Council – If internal security remains the responsibility of the Member States,

    The informal meeting of the Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), which was held in Luxembourg on July 9, dealt with matters related to internal security, namely the fight against terrorism, cyberterrorism and cybersecurity. During the press conference that followed the meeting, the Luxembourg Minister of Internal Security, Etienne Schneider, who chaired the meeting, also listed the Presidency's security priorities. He is convinced that if internal security remains the responsibility of the Member States, "the European Union is able to bring added value to the matter".

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) in Luxembourg

    The Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, chaired the informal meeting of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) on 9 July 2015, which dealt with matters relating to migration.The focus of discussion included the migration crisis in the Mediterranean, the fight against human trafficking and the control and management of migratory flows. The discussions also addressed issues related to the relocation and resettlement of people to be protected in European countries.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs

    The Luxembourg Minister Nicolas Schmit, who is responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the EU Council Presidency, adressed the plenary session in Strasbourg on 8 July 2015 during a debate on the recent terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia.

  • Updated 15-07-2015