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    • Competitiveness
    October is the “European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM )”

    European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is a European Union advocacy campaign supported by DG CONNECT and ENISA, the European Agency for Network and Information Security. Its purpose is to promote cyber security among citizens, to change their perception of cyber-threats and provide up to date security information, through education and sharing good practices.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    The 28 Member State National

    The 28 National "Drugs" Coordinators from the Member States visited the Abrigado Centre in Luxembourg on 29 September 2015, as part of their visit to Luxembourg. Established in 2005, this centre has offered a consumption room for drug users and a night shelter, medical care, washing machines and wardrobes. The concept is not yet widespread across the world: there are consumption rooms in five other EU Member States.

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    • Environment
    On the invitation of the ENVE Commission of the Committee of the Regions, Camille Gira defends the

    On 28 September 2015, Luxembourg's Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Camille Gira, was invited by the Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) Commission of the Committee of the Regions to take part in a round table dedicated to the "fitness check" of the "Habitat" and "Wild Birds" Directives made by the European Commission as part of the "Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme" (REFIT). This round table was organised while the Committee of the Regions is drawing up an opinion on the quality assessment of these two directives, for which Roby Biwer is the rapporteur. For Camille Gira, a challenge to the directives within the framework of the REFIT programme would send a "devastating political message" and be a "sign of surrender".

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Informal meeting of Ministers of Health – Dementia and healthcare for migrants on the agenda of the Ministers' discussions

    EU Health Ministers met in Luxembourg on 24 and 25 September 2015 for an informal meeting devoted to dementia, healthcare for migrants and the impact of the cross-border healthcare directive on mobility and patients' rights, as well as the impact of trans fatty acids in foods.The Luxembourg Minister for Health, Lydia Mutsch, who chaired the meeting, highlighted during a press conference that dementia constitutes "a real socio-economic challenge, which seriously tests the viability of our healthcare systems and requires a multi-sectoral response".

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    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    European Youth Conference – Youth representatives together with representatives from the Member States adopt Final Joint Recommendations on Empowerment of young people for political participation

    Following an 18-month work cycle and two European Youth Conferences held in Rome (October 2014) and in Riga (March 2015), youth representatives, together with representatives from European Union (EU) Member States meeting in Luxembourg from 22 to 24 September 2015 for the fourth cycle of Structured Dialogue, adopted 15 Joint Recommendations on “Youth Empowerment for political participation in the democratic life in Europe”. Luxembourg Minister of Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, gave the closing speech of this conference organised by the Luxembourg Presidency and called on young people to "stand up and express their views".

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    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Luxembourg Sustainability Forum 2015 - Jeremy Rifkin calls for the Third Industrial Revolution

    The Luxembourg Sustainability Forum 2015, organised in the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, was held in the Grand Duchy on 24 September 2015. A number of experts discussed the concept of responsible finance, as well as the means to revamp territories and digital technology for sustainable development. The highlight of the conference was the presentation by American economist and futurist, Jeremy Rifkin, who spoke on his theory of a Third Industrial Revolution.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Informal meeting of Health Ministers - the prevention of dementia is a priority for the Luxembourg Presidency

    The Luxembourg Health Minister, Lydia Mutsch, who is chairing the informal meeting of EU Health ministers on 24 and 25 September 2015, emphasised that dementia is one of the health priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. "We really insisted on putting the subject on our Presidency agenda, because 47 million people are affected worldwide, including 6 million in Europe", she said upon her arrival at the meeting.

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    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Informal meeting of Ministers for Energy - Ministers examine the great potential provided by new technologies for energy transition

    European energy transition and the potential of new energy technologies were the main items on the agenda at the informal meeting of Energy ministers held in Luxembourg on 23 September 2015. The discussions at the informal meeting focused on three issues: economic growth offered by European energy transition, possible synergies between energy and development aid and investment in the energy sector. At a press conference held at the end of this informal Meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider, who chaired the meeting, confirmed that there is "a lot to gain" from growth and job creation" in the energy field.

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    • Development
    Romain Schneider presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the European Parliament's DEVE Committee

    Romain Schneider, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, appeared on 22 September 2015 before the Development Committee (DEVE) of the European Parliament in Brussels to present the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency on humanitarian aid. The Luxembourg Presidency will facilitate the debate as part of the World Humanitarian Summit with a view to establishing a common European position reaffirming humanitarian principles. The other two priorities are coordination between humanitarian and civil protection actors following natural disasters, and the issue of protection in conflict situations.

    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

    • 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.

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    • 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