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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.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • 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".

    • 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.

    • 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
    • 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 · 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.

    • 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.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Closing of the conference on EU citizenship and justice organised by the Luxembourg Presidency - The President of the General Court of the European Union, Marc Jaeger, discusses the particular role of the judge in the concept of European citizenship

    During the second day of the conference on EU citizenship and justice organised by the Luxembourg Presidency at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 15 September 2015, the President of the General Court of the European Union (EU), Marc Jaeger, discussed the particular role of the judge in the construction and development of the concept of European citizenship. In his closing speech, Jörg Gerkrath, Professor at the University of Luxembourg, put the issues discussed during the two days into perspective.

    • Council Meeting · Interviews
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    In the wake of the extraordinary JHA Council devoted to the refugee crisis, Jean Asselborn appeals not to exclude the countries of Višegrad

    The Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn appealed not to exclude the countries of Višegrad, while emphasizing solidarity, in an interview with German ZDF Television of September 15, 2015. "Effort should be made to engage them and encourage them to promote solidarity", he said, in the wake of an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) convened by the Luxembourg Presidency to find a response to the unprecedented scale of the refugee crisis.

    • 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".

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Extraordinary JHA Council -

    European Ministers responsible for Home Affairs or Immigration met in Brussels on 14 September 2015 for an extraordinary session of the Justice and Home Affairs Council devoted to the European Union's response to the current unprecedented levels of migratory movements and the refugee crisis it is currently experiencing. During this meeting, the Ministers established "an agreement in principle" on the proposed emergency relocation of 120,000 people in need of international protection, without going into detail about how these people will actually be distributed between Member States. The JHA Council also formally adopted its decision concerning the relocation in the EU of 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived in Greece or Italy.

    • 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.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Romain Schneider presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency to the European Parliament's CULT Committee

    The Minister for Sports, Romain Schneider, intervened on 14 September 2015 before the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) in Brussels to present the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of sports. These include the promotion of physical and motor activities for young and very young children, the fight against manipulation of sports competitions, as well as the representation and coordination of the European Union within the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

    • Council Meeting · Interviews
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Refugee crisis – In several interviews published prior to the JHA Council, Jean Asselborn appealed for

    In a series of interviews published in Le Figaro, the Luxemburger Wort and the Tageblatt on 14 September 2015, the Luxembourg Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Jean Asselborn, reported on the refugee crisis. The subject is on the programme of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA), which he will chair on 14 September.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Opening of the Conference on EU Citizenship and Justice, organised by the Luxembourg Presidency – Justice Minister Félix Braz states his position on the refugee crisis

    The Luxembourg Presidency is organising a conference on "EU Citizenship and Justice", on 14 and 15 September 2015. The meeting, which will be held at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), closes a round of conferences on the theme of the CJEU in the area of freedoms, security and justice organised by the Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg trio of Presidencies. Luxembourg's Minster for Justice, Félix Braz, spoke during the opening of the conference in Luxembourg, and stated his position on the refugee crisis.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Conference on Early Childhood Education organised by the Luxembourg Presidency - Day 2 devoted to multilingualism, the role of parents and teachers' working conditions

    The Luxembourg Presidency organised a conference on Diversity and Multilingualism in Education and Early Childhood Care held on 10 and 11 September, 2015. Throughout the second day, there was a presentation of the results of several workshops, followed by a discussion with a panel of experts. Several topics were covered, such as the need to value and foster the mother tongue of children from migrant backgrounds, improving the working conditions of teachers, and even including parents more in their children's education.

  • Updated 15-07-2015