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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.

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    • 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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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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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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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    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.

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    • 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".

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    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport, Institutional Affairs
    Maggy Nagel and Claude Meisch presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the CULT Committee of the European Parliament

    The Minister for Culture, Maggy Nagel, and the Minister for Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, presented, on 14 July 2015, the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of culture and education to the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament meeting in Brussels.

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    • Institutional Affairs
    Xavier Bettel presented the European Parliament at a plenary session with the priorities for the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union

    On 8 July, the day after the debate on the review of the Latvian Presidency, which came to a close on 30 June 2015, Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's Prime Minister, presented the European Parliament with the priorities for Luxembourg's twelfth Presidency of the Council of the EU which it is holding until the end of 2015. The Prime Minister took the opportunity to affirm Luxembourg's "deep-rooted commitment" to European integration. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, echoed this view, describing Luxembourg as "one of the pillars of European integration", even going so far as to refer to it as the "incarnation" thereof, particularly in light of its capacity to reach compromises, without which Europe could not progress, as he explained to the press following the parliamentary session.

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    • 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.

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    • Development
    On behalf of the EU Council, Nicolas Schmit calls for a new global partnership during the debate at the European Parliament on the Addis Ababa conference on financing for development

    The Luxembourg Minister in charge of relations with the European Parliament during the Presidency of the EU Council,Nicolas Schmit, spoke on 7 July 2015 in Strasbourg to MEPs during a plenary debate on the United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 13 to 16 July 2015.

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    • Justice and Home Affairs
    On behalf of the Presidency of the Council, Luxembourg Minister Nicolas Schmit presented the renewed EU Internal Security Strategy to the European Parliament in plenary session

    Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg's minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, addressed the plenary session in Strasbourg on 7 July 2015, during a debate on the European Agenda for Security 2015-2020. The Agenda, which sets out European Union priorities and principles in the field of security is based on a Communication adopted by the European Commission on 28 April 2015 and the subsequent Council Conclusions on the Renewed European Union Internal Security Strategy (ISS) of 16 June 2015.

  • Updated 15-07-2015