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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
    • 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.

    • 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
    • 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.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • 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.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • 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".

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Updated 15-07-2015