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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.

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    • 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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    • 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.

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    • Agriculture and Fisheries
    On behalf of the Council, Fernand Etgen speaks before the European Parliament about the Commission's package of measures to help farming sectors in crisis

    On 16 September 2015, Fernand Etgen, Luxembourg's Minister for Agriculture, and President of the Agriculture Council, spoke on behalf of the European Council to MEPs sitting in plenary in Brussels, in a debate on the current crisis in the farming sector. Farmers are looking for "concrete responses" which "go beyond mere technical measures" and which "will ensure their sector remains viable", he said. During the debate, MEPs asked Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, for clarifications on the measures taken by the European executive to resolve the current crisis on the agricultural markets.

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    • Environment, Development
    On behalf of the Council, Nicolas Schmit speaks before the European Parliament on the EU's position regarding sustainable development prior to the New York Summit and COP21

    On 16 September 2015, the Luxembourg Minister responsible for representing the Luxembourg Presidency at the European Parliament, Nicolas Schmit, spoke before the Plenary Session of the Parliament. He pronounced a Council declaration on the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development, which will be held in New York between 25 and 27 September, and on development-related aspects of the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21).

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    • 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).

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Nicolas Schmit sets out the Council's position on the issue of precarious employment during a debate in the European Parliament

    On 9 September 2015, the Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, and President of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), Nicolas Schmit, spoke on behalf of the Council of the EU at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, during a discussion on the EU labour market. In the presence of MEPs, the Luxembourg Minister was asked to respond to a question on precarious employment submitted to the Council.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Nicolas Schmit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

    The Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, will attend the plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. He will represent the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council at the plenary meeting. On 9 September 2015, Nicolas Schmit will be present during the speech of the President of the European Commission on the state of the Union. He will answer on behalf of the Council. The Minister will also take part in the debate on migration and refugees in Europe and will reply to oral question on the precarious employment situation in Europe.

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    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Before MEPs, Nicolas Schmit pleaded for a firm, coherent, united and responsible response from Europe in order to arrive at

    On 9 September 2015, the Minister in charge of relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Nicolas Schmit, spoke in the name of the Presidency in the debate at the European Parliament on migration and refugees in Europe, which followed the speech by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on the State of the Union. In this context, a "firm and coherent" response is required from Europe, a response which "combines responsibility and solidarity" in order to arrive at a "sustainable common policy in the field of migration".

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    • Justice and Home Affairs, Other
    State of the Union - Nicolas Schmit welcomes

    Nicolas Schmit, the Minister in charge of relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, has welcomed the "important" contributions and initiatives put forward by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, during his speech on the state of the Union before the European Parliament which met in plenary session on 9 September 2015. "It is time for courageous, innovative and exceptional action to be taken", declared Nicolas Schmit, speaking at the end of the debate which followed Jean-Claude Juncker's speech. In his address, Jean-Claude Juncker called, in particular, on the 28 EU Member States to reach an agreement on the Commission's proposal on the urgent relocation of 160,000 refugees during the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council (JHA) convened by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU for 14 September 2015.

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    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    Pierre Gramegna presented the position of the Council on the EU Budget 2016 to the European Parliament

    Minister for Finance and President of ECOFIN, Pierre Gramegna, attended the European Parliament plenary session meeting on 8 September 2015 in Strasbourg, to present the position of the Council on the draft EU Budget for 2016. The position, adopted by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Members States to the EU on the basis of a compromise agreement brokered by the Luxembourg Presidency on 9 July 2015 was unanimously approved by the Council on 4 September. Pierre Gramegna noted that although the EU Budget 2016 is intended to "reflect European solidarity, both within the Union, and beyond its borders", its main objective is to "support economic recovery, investment and boost employment, while stimulating the financing of migration policy and EU external action". The Council's position provides for EUR 153.27 billion in funding commitments and EUR 142.12 billion in payment allocations.

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    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    Pierre Gramegna at the European Parliament for the presentation of the draft EU budget on 8 September 2015

    On 8 September 2015, Pierre Gramegna, Minster for Finance, will present the Council's position on the draft EU budget for 2016 before the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The main objective of the EU budget for 2016 will be to support economic recovery through investments which target growth and boost employment, whilst stimulating finance for migration policies and external EU action.

  • Updated 15-07-2015