- Agriculture and Fisheries
- Agriculture, pêche
- Economic and Financial Affairs
- Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
- Emploi, politique sociale, santé et consommateurs
- Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
- Foreign Affairs
- General Affairs
- Institutional Affairs
- Justice and Home Affairs
- Territorial Cooperation
- Transport, Telecommmunications and Energy
Nicolas Schmit, the Luxembourg Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, presented the priorities of the Presidency to MEPs of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) on 15 July 2015. "Institutional aspects are often considered to be limited to experts, yet that is where the issue whether the Union is truly democratic, transparent and inspires confidence lies". With these words Nicolas Schmit opened discussions and expressed his determination to explain to citizens that these are important issues.
The Minister for Culture, Maggy Nagel, and the Minister for Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, presented, on 14 July 2015, the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of culture and education to the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament meeting in Brussels.
The representatives of the national parliaments of EU Member States discussed strengthening political dialogue, during the 54th meeting of the Chairpersons of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) which was held on 13 July 2015 in Luxembourg.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel welcomed Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, in Luxembourg on 9 July 2015 for an interview during which he spoke about the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. The two leaders affirmed their commitment to working together and to making every effort "to talk, listen, be respectful and try to find solutions in the interest of 28 countries and 500 million citizens' as stated by Xavier Bettel.In addition to the priorities of the Presidency, Xavier Bettel and Donald Tusk discussed current affairs, such as migration and Greece.
On 8 July, the day after the debate on the review of the Latvian Presidency, which came to a close on 30 June 2015, Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's Prime Minister, presented the European Parliament with the priorities for Luxembourg's twelfth Presidency of the Council of the EU which it is holding until the end of 2015. The Prime Minister took the opportunity to affirm Luxembourg's "deep-rooted commitment" to European integration. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, echoed this view, describing Luxembourg as "one of the pillars of European integration", even going so far as to refer to it as the "incarnation" thereof, particularly in light of its capacity to reach compromises, without which Europe could not progress, as he explained to the press following the parliamentary session.
The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU was officially launched on 3 July 2015 with a European picnic in the centre of the City of Luxembourg and the visit of the College of Commissioners. On the Place d’Armes and in adjacent streets, a 'happy hour' was organised offering culinary specialities from the 28 Member States.
Two days after the official start of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the European Commission visited Luxembourg City on 3 July 2015 as part of its traditional visit to the Member State which holds the Presidency for the next six months. This was the opportunity for the College of Commissioners to hold discussions with the Luxembourg ministers in several working groups and for the Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and the President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the priorities of the Presidency and current political events during a bilateral meeting.
On 3 July 2015, a few hours prior to the official launch of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was interviewed by the daily Luxembourg newspaper" Luxemburger Wort ", during which he stated the importance of this event for the country and the Grand Duchy's role during the next six months.
The 1 July 2015, the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU will be in the hands of Luxembourg, one of the smallest, yet most experienced member states. Luxembourg will have to deal with many pressing issues, including the Greek debt crisis, an increase in irregular migration and the preparation for the climate change conference in Paris in December. The European Parliament’s press office asked all of the country's six MEPs what they see as the main challenges.
"There should not be an à la carte Europe", stated Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, in an interview with the Trierischer Volksfreund on 1 July 2015 at the launch of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, during which he addressed the subjects of Brexit, Grexit, migration and TTIP.