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    • Third Country Meeting · Press releases
    • Foreign Affairs, Justice and Home Affairs
    Eastern Mediterranean – Western Balkans route conference, on 8 October 2015 in Luxembourg

    On 8 October 2015 in Luxembourg will take place the High level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean – Western Balkans Route. Jean Asselborn, minister for Foreign and European Affairs, minister for Immigration and Asylum, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the Commission, convened this meeting, in order to discuss with all relevant partners the importance of this route in the increased migratory flows coming from the Middle East.

    • PSC · Press releases
    • Foreign Affairs
    EUNAVFOR Med - EU agrees to start the active phase of the operation against human smugglers and to rename it

    EU Ambassadors within the Political and Security Committee agreed to start the first step of the second phase of the operation as of 7 October 2015 and approved the corresponding rules of engagement. The EU naval operation against human smugglers in the Mediterranean will be able to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling or trafficking on the high seas, in line with international law. The Political and Security Committee also agreed that EU NAVFOR Med should be renamed "Sophia" after the name given to the baby born on the ship of the operation which rescued her mother on 22 August 2015 off the coast of Libya.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    EU National Drug Coordinators Meeting -

    Under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the National Drug Coordinators from the 28 Member States met in Luxembourg on 28 and 29 September 2015. Under the heading "Drug prevention: a global concept with converging objectives", the forum is calling for the diversification of efforts to combat drug use which continually poses new challenges. The forum was opened on Monday 28 September by Minister for Health, Lydia Mutsch, and chaired by Luxembourg's National Drug Coordinator, Dr Alain Origer.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Informal meeting of Ministers of Health devoted to dementia, the refugee crisis and the cross-border healthcare directive

    In the frame of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, an informal meeting of Ministers of Health will be held on 24 and 25 September 2015 in Luxembourg. The discussions will focus on secondary prevention and post-diagnostic support in connection with dementia, the impact of migration on the healthcare systems of Member States and the cross-border healthcare directive.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · Press releases
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Informal meeting of Ministers for Energy – A meeting devoted to new energy technologies as a driving force for economic growth and job creation

    Entitled "New energy technologies as business and investment opportunities for Europe", the Informal meeting of Ministers for Energy to be held on Wednesday 23 September 2015 at the European Convention Centre Luxembourg will be devoted, in particular, to new energy technologies as a driving force for economic growth and job creation.

    • · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Medical devices: Council mandates presidency to start talks with European Parliament

    On 23 September 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee finalised the Council's position on two draft regulations aimed at modernising EU rules on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices. This allows the Luxembourg presidency to start talks with the European Parliament with a view to reach an agreement as early as possible. "Previous contacts with the European Parliament have made it clear that the Council and Parliament pursue the same objectives: to work towards creating a solid legal framework which will allow patients to access safe and high quality medical devices while creating the necessary conditions for a competitive and innovative EU market", said Lydia Mutsch, minister for health of Luxembourg and President of the Council.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 22 September 2015

    On behalf of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn convenes an extraordinary "Justice and Home Affairs" Council on 22 September 2015 in Brussels. This extraordinary JHA Council intends to provide the follow up of the meeting of 14 September. On this occasion, the Presidency wants the Council to adopt a Decision on a provisional mechanism for the relocation of 120.000 persons in need of international protection from Member States exposed to massive migratory flows.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • 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.

    • · Press releases
    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    Greece: Council shows solidarity through faster mobilisation of EU funds

    On 16 September 2015, the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee backed a Commission proposal to help Greece maximise its use of EU funds and improve liquidity for boosting growth and creating jobs. The proposal's main objective is to address the lack of public funds available for much needed investments in Greece, and to ensure that the concerned European structural and investment funds deliver their benefits as rapidly as possible on the ground. The position agreed by the Council serves as a mandate for the Luxembourg presidency to hold discussions with representatives of the European Parliament.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Environment
    Climate conference - Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, is due to be received by Pope Francis on 16 September 2015

    Carole Dieschbourg, president of the Council of Ministers for the Environment, is due to be received by Pope Francis on 16 September 2015. The Minister will lead an official delegation of around twenty environment ministers. As part of her role as the head of this delegation, she will deliver a common message to the head of the Catholic Church. The meeting with Pope Francis takes place within the context of preparations for the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21), which will be organised in Paris in December.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Environment
    Climate Conference : Carole Dieschbourg received by Pope Francis

    Carole Dieschbourg, current President of the Council of Ministers for the Environment, was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 16, 2015. The Minister headed an official delegation of around twenty EU Ministers of the Environment and in that capacity conveyed a common message for the head of the Catholic Church. During the audience, the delegates discussed Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment ("Laudato Si’"), the challenges of the Climate Conference and the Special Summit on Sustainable Development which will be held in New York at the end of September.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Relocation of 40 000 refugees from Greece and Italy agreed by Council

    The JHA Council adopted on 14 September 2015 a decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece. This decision establishes a temporary and exceptional relocation mechanism over two years from the frontline member states Italy and Greece to other member states. It will apply to persons in clear need of international protection who have arrived or are arriving on the territory of those member states as from 15 August 2015 until 16 September 2017. Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Minister for Immigration and Asylum and President of the Council said: "I am delighted that the Council has now been able to adopt this Decision. This is an important political message".

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs, Foreign Affairs
    Lydia Mutsch has presented an EU declaration during the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 59th General Conference in Vienna

    During the IAEA's 59th General Conference, which is taking place at the organisation's headquarters in Vienna between 14 and 18 September, 2015, the 164 Member States will discuss the big issues linked to the use of nuclear energy and principally those related to non-proliferation. Within the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Minister of Health, Lydia Mutsch, presented an EU declaration.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • General Affairs
    EUNAVFOR Med: Council adopts a positive assessment on the conditions to move to the first step of phase 2 on the high seas

    On 14 September 2015, the General Affairs Council chaired by Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg Minister of Immigration and Asylum, adopted a positive assessment that the conditions to move to the first step of phase two on the high seas of EUNAVFOR MED have been met, the naval operation having fulfilled all military objectives related to phase 1 focusing upon the collection and analysis of information and intelligence.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 14 September 2015

    The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union convenes an extraordinary "Justice and Home Affairs" Council on 14 September 2015 in Brussels. The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions. In order to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions underway and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn decided to convene an extraordinary JHA Council.

  • Updated 15-07-2015