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    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Extraordinary JHA Council – The Ministers adopted by a qualified majority the provisional mechanism for the emergency relocation of 120,000 persons in need of international protection

    The European Ministers for Home Affairs or Immigration adopted by a qualified majority the temporary mechanism for the emergency relocation from Italy and Greece of 120,000 persons in need of international protection, during an extraordinary "Justice and Home Affairs" (JHA) Council held in Brussels on 22 September 2015. During a press conference, Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Minister for Immigration and Asylum, who chaired the Council, outlined that the agreement on this "temporary" mechanism, proposed by the European Commission on 9 September 2015, was reached by "a very large majority" and "went beyond that required by the Treaties". The relocation will benefit Italy and Greece, but not Hungary, which did not wish to participate in the mechanism.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Etienne Schneider concluded the SET Plan 2015 conference by insisting on the

    On 22 September 2015, the second day of the 8th SET Plan conference held in Luxembourg, which sought to strengthen work on the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan), concluded with two speeches: one by the Luxembourg Minister of the Economy, Etienne Schneider, and one by the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete. Etienne Schneider stressed that the EU has "a lot to gain" from research and innovation in the energy field, before insisting on "the urgency to progress faster" in this field. Miguel Arias Cañete highlighted the importance of strengthening cross-border and cross-sector integration in research and innovation in the energy field.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    Pierre Gramegna before the European Parliament's Special TAXE Committee

    On 22 September 2015, members of the special TAXE committee met the Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna in Brussels, in his capacity as Luxembourg Presidency representative of the Ecofin Council. They discussed the fight against fraud and tax evasion and the work of the Council during the Luxembourg Presidency.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Xavier Bettel encourages young people to participate more in democratic life, at the opening of the European Youth Conference

    At the opening of the European Youth Conference held in Luxembourg from 22 to 24 September 2015, the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, encouraged young Europeans to "participate more, be interested in their own future and in the development of society". The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, appealed for young people from all backgrounds to participate in democratic life.The conference held under the Luxembourg Presidency will close the current cycle of the structured dialogue which focuses on the political participation of young people and seeks to finalise the conclusions adopted at the previous conference held in Riga in March 2015. These recommendations will be submitted to Ministers for Youth at the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council in November 2015.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Consumer and Competition Day - Digital Single Market and Geoblocking at the centre of the first round table

    The Consumer and Competition Day took place in Luxembourg on September 21, 2015. This was an event organised by the Luxembourg Presidency. The conference, which was focused on strategic priorities for a digital market, put forward by the European Commission on May 6, 2015, brought together representatives from the Commission, the European Parliament, competition authorities and Member State authorities , business representatives and also consumer associations. Geoblocking and improvements to access to digital goods and services for consumers and businesses were at the centre of this first round table.

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    • Competitiveness, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Consumer and Competition Day – Online platforms and their growing role as marketplaces at the heart of the second round table

    After a first round table devoted to geoblocking, the second part of the Consumer and Competition Day, held on 21 September 2015 in Luxembourg, focused on online platforms and their role as "marketplaces". Such platforms, the importance of which is found to be growing for the future digital single market, fulfil a variety of functions (online shops, social networks or price comparison sites) but raise questions about their nature (retailers, intermediate service hosts), their liability in the case of disputes and possible distortions of competition.

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    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Xavier Bettel stresses the importance of accelerating the energy transition at the opening of the SET-Plan Conference 2015

    At the opening of the SET-Plan conference on the transformation of the energy system, held on 21 September 2015 in Luxembourg, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel stressed the importance of accelerating the energy transition, noting that the EU imports half of the energy it consumes. The European Commissioner Carlos Moedas for his part, called for increased investment and innovation.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Debate on road safety for cyclists and pedestrians, organised by the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure and the European Transport Safety Council

    On 21 September 2015, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure held a debate on road safety as part of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Jean Asselborn qualifies the demonstration of the far right French party Front national against free movement in Schengen in Luxembourg as a “provocative and cynical action”

    Saturday, September 19th of 2015, the vice president of the Front national (FN), MEP member of the Europe of Nations and Freedom Group, Florian Philippot, traveled to Schengen (Luxembourg) to lay a wreath, he claimed, to the memory of free movement and to celebrate the return of national borders within the European Union. The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, condemned this provocative and cynical action.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Environment
    Environment Council - Ministers adopt a

    The EU's Environment Ministers adopted conclusions at a Council which took place September 18, 2015 in Brussels on the EU's mandate for the UN Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris at the end of the year. The mandate stresses the importance of an " ambitious and durable legally binding agreement in Paris" applicable " to all Parties ". The text calls for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050 and to achieve zero emissions by 2100. The Council reached an agreement on a " strong, ambitious and responsible " European mandate that will allow the European Union (EU) to " show leadership " and to " facilitate a global agreement that is acceptable to all ", said Carole Dieschbourg, the Luxembourg Minister who chaired the Council.

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    • Other
    European Tourism Forum - Francine Closener highlights the challenges the tourism sector is facing at European level

    On 17 and 18 September 2015, the 14th European Tourism Forum was held in Luxembourg, an event organised by the European Commission in the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For the 2015 edition of the European Tourism Forum, the speakers chose to focus on the important issues the tourism sector is facing today: digitalisation, promoting Europe through transnational and pan-European thematic products, skills and training and also streamlining the regulatory and administrative framework. Francine Closener, Secretary of State for Economy, delivered the welcoming remarks of the forum "intended to shape the future of European tourism".

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • General Affairs, Territorial Cooperation
    Camille Gira presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development

    On 17 September 2015, Camille Gira, the Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, spoke to the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development (REGI) in Brussels to present the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the areas of territorial cohesion, urban policy and cohesion policy.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Meeting of the “High-Level Group on Gender-Mainstreaming

    In the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the "High Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming" (HLG) met in Luxembourg on 17 and 18 September 2015 for its half-yearly meeting. The HLG comprises senior officials from the 28 European Union Member States which all have an extensive expertise in the field of gender equality. The meeting enabled, among other things, a review of the priorities concerning equality in the context of the declaration of the Trio of Italian, Latvian and Luxembourg Presidencies.

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    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Digital services interoperability programme ISA² - The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council finalised an agreement with the European Parliament

    On 16 September 2015, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament finalised an informal deal on a programme to help member states' public administrations provide interoperable digital services for citizens and businesses (ISA²). The new ISA² programme is set to run from 2016 to 2020, with a budget of about €131 million. The quick agreement should ensure that ISA² will be ready to kick in by the time the current ISA programme expires at the end of 2015.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Jean Asselborn presents the outcome of the latest extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on migration before the European Parliament

    On behalf of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, addressed the plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on 16 September 2015, during a debate on the outcome of the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) meeting on the refugee crisis held on 14 September 2015.

  • Updated 15-07-2015