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    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Nicolas Schmit hails

    European MEPs meeting at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 27 October 2015, have adopted an agreement concluded after two years of negotiations with the Council of the EU on the regulation on the single market for electronic communications. In turning down any amendment to the text, the MEPs adopted the Council's position on first reading. This text provides for the progressive phasing out of roaming charges for mobile telephones by 15 June 2017 as well as the introduction of the first EU rules aiming to safeguard open Internet access, thereby ensuring Internet neutrality.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    A few days before the opening of the trilogue negotiations on the fourth rail package, François Bausch attended a conference aimed at promoting railway transport in Europe, at the Milan Expo 2015

    François Bausch, Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, attended a conference aimed at promoting railway transport in Europe held on 26 October 2015 by the CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies) at the Milan Expo 2015. This conference brought together all the main bodies (European Commission, Council and European Parliament) involved in the negotiations that will begin on Friday, 30 October during a trilogue in Strasbourg, on the three proposals of the fourth rail package's political pillar.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    School education in turbulent times - Meeting of Directors General responsible for school education in EU Member States

    Under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Ministry for National Education, Children and Youth organised a meeting of the Directors General responsible for school education in the EU Member States. The meeting took place in Luxembourg on 26 and 27 October 2015. The Minister, Claude Meisch, opened the meeting by emphasising that, considering the current situation faced by the European Union in terms of migration flows, the education systems must remain flexible enough to adapt accordingly.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    'Family Learning' Conference - Marc Hansen highlighted the importance of family learning to 'break the vicious cycle of intergenerational transmission of poor literacy and academic failure'

    On 22 October 2015, several European officials and key players in education and adult learning met in Luxembourg for a conference entitled 'Family Learning – Best Practices Across Europe'. Organised by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, this conference is part of the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Education and Training 2020 strategic framework. The participants discussed policies and 'best practices' of family learning activities in different EU Member States. The goal of family learning activities is to allow parents to accompany children and adolescents in their learning while reacquainting themselves with education and training. In his introductory speech, Luxembourg's Secretary of State for National Education, Children and Young People, Marc Hansen, stressed the crucial role of parents and family in the education and training of their children.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport

    The European conference "Family Learning: Best Practices Across Europe" was held at the Tramschapp in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 October 2015, within the framework of the European Agenda for Adult Learning, under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. We have set out its conclusions here.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    “Inclusive education: Take action!” - 250 young Europeans met in Luxembourg and laid down recommendations for more inclusive education

    On 16 October 2015, 250 young Europeans met in Luxembourg where they had the opportunity to express their views and propose recommendations for inclusive education. The participants, aged between 14 and 25 years, with and without special educational needs, were invited to outline how their school takes care of them and to provide concrete examples about the way in which their teachers and classmates deal with their needs. The Luxembourg Minister for Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, opened the event organised by the Luxembourg Presidency in cooperation with the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. The recommendations formulated by the young people will be presented to the Ministers who will be meeting at the "Education, Youth, Culture and Sport" Council on 23 November 2015.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) – Ministers for Transport adopt a general approach to railway infrastructure governance and market liberalisation as part of the fourth railway package

    European Union Transport Ministers (EU) met on 8 October 2015 in Luxembourg to discuss the Transport aspect of the Transports, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE). The Council, chaired by François Bausch, Luxembourg Minister for Transport, secured general agreement on two proposals within the context of the fourth railway package. The first aims to liberalise railway passenger transport services, the second to strengthen railway infrastructure governance. The participants also held a policy debate on EU transport policy goals and priorities within the context of the 2011 White Paper on Transport.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Railway market opening and governance - Council agrees its position

    On 8 October 2015, the Council agreed a general approach on two proposals to liberalise domestic rail passenger services and strengthen the governance of railway infrastructure. The proposals are part of the market pillar of the fourth railway package. François Bausch, Luxembourg's Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure and President of the Council, said: "Today we reached an agreement on EU regulation which will help promote rail throughout Europe. I am satisfied with the large support but even more pleased at the balanced and solid solutions that we managed to agree upon." The Council position allows the presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Nicolas Schmit assured MEPs that he would

    Nicolas Schmit, the Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, addressed the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 7 October 2015 during a debate on the project to double the capacity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline and its impact on the Energy Union and the EU's security of supply.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Informal Transport Council – The Ministers and Secretaries of State adopt a

    The European Union (EU) Ministers of Transport and Secretaries of State in charge of this competence met in Luxembourg on 7 October 2015 for an informal meeting devoted to cycling as a method of transport. Organised by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, the meeting was chaired by the Luxembourg Minister of Transport, François Bausch. In particular, discussions concerned the effectiveness of bicycles as a method of transport and their social, ecological and economic impact in the EU. The participants, who were able to test different types of bicycles on a cycle route laid out inside the Conference Centre where the meeting was being held, adopted a declaration on cycling as a "climate friendly" transport mode.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Other
    8th European Quality Conference - Strengthening the capacity of public administration in the EU was at the core of Dan Kersch's opening speech

    The Minister for the Civil Service and Administrative Reform, Dan Kersch, opened the 8th European Quality Conference (8QC) on 1 October 2015 held at the University of Luxembourg, Belval. Convened by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 and 2 October 2015, in collaboration with the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN ) and the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), the conference focused on strengthening public administration capacity to cope with current and future challenges marked by economic crisis and consequent budgetary constraints.

    • 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".

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • 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 · 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.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • 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.

  • Updated 15-07-2015