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    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · Press releases
    • Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
    Informal Meeting of Ministers for Transport : Cycling as a Transport Mode

    On 7 October 2015, the Luxembourg Presidency of Council of the European Union will host the first informal meeting of Ministers for Transport dedicated exclusively to cycling as a transport mode.

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

    In the framework of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture is organising, on 3 and 4 September 2015, a conference at the Trifolion in Echternach on the theme "Culture and development: towards a more strategic approach to cultural policies in EU's external relations". The main objective of the conference will be to provide an overview of the ways in which culture and development interact, highlight the links between this subject and the more general context of culture in external relations and question the coherence between policies.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    Following the convening by the Luxembourg Presidency of a special Justice and Home Affairs Council to discuss the European response to migratory pressures, Jean Asselborn explains his decision to the press

    The Luxembourg Presidency convened a special "Justice and Home Affairs Council" (JHA) on 14 September 2015 to discuss strengthening the European response to migratory pressures that have been exacerbated these past weeks. On 31 August 2015, the Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, explained at a press conference in Luxembourg the reasons for which the Presidency is organising the special Council. "There is no national solution, it can only be a European solution", stated the Minister, calling upon the Member States to comply with their international obligations. "According to the Geneva Convention, the door must be opened to those who are in need of international protection and not leave them facing barbed wire fences", he stressed, referring to the barrier erected by Hungary along the 175 km of its border with Serbia. At the same time, it is also necessary to organise the return of persons who are not entitled to such protection, he added.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Agriculture and Fisheries
    Meeting between Fernand Etgen, President of the Council of Ministers for Agriculture of the European Union, and Stéphane Le Foll, French minister of Agriculture

    The current President of the Agriculture Council, the Luxembourg Minister Fernand Etgen, met the French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll in Paris on 30 July 2015 to discuss the difficulties faced by the diary, beef and pork sectors in France and in the majority of European regions.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    As with all rotating Presidencies, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union is offering a decoration of the Council's "Justus Lipsius" building in Brussels. The Government has entrusted the project to the Ministry of Culture, which has been working with the Luxembourg consultant and designer, Georges Zigrand, to create a unified design of three areas: the so-called "Presidency's Office", the hall and the atrium.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • General Affairs

    The Ministers and Secretaries of State for European Affairs met in Luxembourg on 23 and 24 July 2015 for an informal meeting chaired by Jean Asselborn, the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, in the presence of the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans.The Ministers and Secretaries of State held an exchange of views about the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency. For this first working session, the Presidency also invited the Ministers for European Affairs from the candidate countries for accession to the EU.The second session concerned the Commission's work programme for 2016. During their working lunch, the Ministers discussed the Five Presidents' Report on the completion of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), published on 22 June. For Jean Asselborn, the debate's challenge was to "clarify some of the issues and elucidate the different aspects of the roadmap for the EMU's completion".

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Environment
    Informal meeting of Ministers for the Environment - Paving the way to the Paris Climate Agreement

    EU Ministers for the Environment met in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 July 2015 for an informal meeting chaired by Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's Minister for the Environment. Ministers discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the state of play of climate negotiations in view of an ambitious Paris agreement and how to finance the fight against climate change. European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, presented the new proposal on how to reform the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · Press releases
    • Environment

    On the informal Council of Environment Ministers, taking place 22 and 23 July in Luxembourg, Ministers discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will be adopted in September 2015 at a UN Summit in New York. They agreed that these SDGs are a challenge and an opportunity for the international and the European level leading towards a more sustainable, equitable and coherent policy making.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness
    Informal Competitiveness Council – EU Ministers responsible for Research stress the importance of fostering a

    Ministers responsible for Research came together on 21 July 2015 in Luxembourg for the "research" component of the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Competitiveness which started the day before. Chaired by Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, the meeting addressed the integrity of research and equal opportunities in research. On the whole, the delegations supported the efforts of the Luxembourg Presidency to encourage a responsible course of conduct in research across the whole research and innovation cycle, from the initial idea to the final product, asserted the Secretary of State after the meeting. They also supported the work of the Presidency which pays particular attention to taking concrete action in promoting gender quality in research and innovation.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Economic and Financial Affairs, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel receives the President of the employers' organisation BusinessEurope, Emma Marcegaglia

    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel received the President of the employers' organisation Business Europe, Emma Marcegaglia, in the context of Luxembourg's presidency of the EU Council on 21 July 2015. Several topics were discussed: the situation in Greece, the strengthening of industrial policy in Europe and the future economic governance of the European Union (EU). Social Europe, business taxation and the reform of emission trading scheme (ETS) quotas were also discussed.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness
    Informal Competitiveness Council – Ministers responsible for the Economy discussed improvements to EU legislation to strengthen the competitiveness of the European economy

    Ministers responsible for the Economy came together in Luxembourg on 20 July 2015 for an informal meeting to address issues of competitiveness. Under the title "Trading beyond borders. Competing globally. What the EU can do for you", the meeting chaired by Étienne Schneider, Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, focused on the potential benefits of well-thought-out and coherent rules for European companies. The aim was to find an answer to the following question: "How can we ensure that Europe and its rules bring tangible added value to our economies?"

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    JHA Council - Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs reach an agreement on the relocation mechanism for asylum seekers

    At an extraordinary Council meeting on 20 July 2015, chaired by Jean Asselborn, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum, the Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) of the EU Member States reached consensus on the distribution of asylum seekers in the Member States. The Ministers adopted a general approach for 32,256 refugees to be welcomed under the temporary relocation procedure which was proposed by the European Commission in its Agenda on Migration in May 2015. The procedure provides for the relocation of 40,000 migrants eligible for refugee status who are currently in Greece and Italy. Furthermore, the Ministers adopted the conclusions which anticipate the resettlement of 22,504 refugees from outside European territory.

  • Updated 15-07-2015