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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    As with all rotating Presidencies, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union is offering a decoration of the Council's "Justus Lipsius" building in Brussels. The Government has entrusted the project to the Ministry of Culture, which has been working with the Luxembourg consultant and designer, Georges Zigrand, to create a unified design of three areas: the so-called "Presidency's Office", the hall and the atrium.

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    • 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.

    • 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
    • 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 · 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.

    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Updated 15-07-2015