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    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    At the "Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe" conference held on 3 December 2015, a panel of experts focused on the issue of understanding how social innovation, the development and implementation of new ideas to meet social needs, can be created. The conference was organised as part of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. The experts also discussed the way in which social innovation could be systematically integrated into the launch and development of economic activities.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · Press releases
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport

    On 3 December 2015, the Minister for National Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, participated in an interparliamentary meeting on education and youth at the European Parliament. In his capacity as current President of the Council of the European Union, he took part in the introductory panel meeting of the day, alongside Silvia Costa, President of the Culture Committee of the European Parliament, Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner, and Alan Pall, Secretary General of the European Youth Forum.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    On 3 December 2015, the Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, opened the "Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe" conference in Luxembourg, which was organised as part of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. In his opening speech, Nicolas Schmit stressed the "increasingly important role" that the social and solidarity economy plays "in Europe and in a growing number of countries around the world". According to him, it brings together "women and men guided by the idea of solidarity, often out of simple necessity, but always due to the profound belief that humans must be at the centre of all economic activity."

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Justice and Home Affairs
    JHA Justice - Félix Braz laments the fact that Poland and Hungary are blocking agreement on matrimonial regimes and property consequences of registered partnerships

    Ministers for Justice of Member States of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels on 3 December 2015 for the first part of the "Justice and Home Affairs" (JHA) Council, chaired by Félix Braz, Minister for Justice. In particular, participants were able to reach an "agreement in principle" on the draft regulation on the European Public Prosecutor's Office, but they failed to agree on regulations on matrimonial regimes and the property consequences of registered partnerships. They also confirmed the political agreement reached in a trilogue on a regulation simplifying the acceptance of certain public documents in the EU.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • General Affairs
    Court of Justice of the EU - Council adopts reform of General Court

    On 3 December 2015, the Council adopted a regulation reforming the General Court. The aim of the reform is to enable the General Court to face an increasing workload and to ensure that legal redress in the EU is guaranteed within a reasonable time. "The reform of the General Court reinforces an institution that has provided significant impetus to European integration", said Félix Braz, Minister for Justice of Luxembourg and President of the Council.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Education, Youth, Culture, Sport
    Education Committee - European cooperation on inclusive education

    The last meeting of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of education was held in Luxembourg on 3 and 4 December 2015. This was also the seventh session of the Education Committee which is made up of government representatives from the 28 Member States who prepare for meetings of the Education Council and ensure the implementation of its decisions. The meeting in Luxembourg provided an opportunity to take stock of the achievements of the current trio of Presidencies for 2014-2015 and to highlight the issues to be addressed in the months to come, including the promotion of inclusive education and democratic culture.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Foreign Affairs
    Addressing the European Parliament, Nicolas Schmit says the EU-Turkey summit has achieved concrete results

    On 2 December 2015, Nicolas Schmit, the Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU Council, addressed the plenary session of Parliament in Brussels on the results of the EU-Turkey summit held on 29 November 2015. 'This meeting was very timely, because it enabled issues of vital importance for the Union's security' to be dealt with, said Nicolas Schmit, by way of introduction. He believed the meeting had achieved 'concrete results'. Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, stated that we should not be 'ashamed' of the agreement with Turkey, because it is based on a 'shared interest'.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Development
    Speaking in front of the Members of the European Parliament, Nicolas Schmit reported on the European Year for Development

    On 2 December 2015, Nicolas Schmit, the Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), addressed the plenary session in Brussels during a debate on the European Year for Development. A few days before the closing ceremony to be held on 9 December 2015 in Luxembourg and in the margins of the informal meeting of the Ministers for Cooperation and Development, Nicolas Schmit delivered the Council's declaration on the implementation and assessment of the European Year, praising 'a stellar example of cooperation between the European Union institutions, Member States, civil society, the private sector and all those with an interest in development'.

    • Third Country Meeting · Press releases
    • Foreign Affairs, Justice and Home Affairs
    EU signs visa waiver agreement with Colombia

    On 2 December 2015 the EU signed a short-stay visa waiver agreement with Colombia, at a ceremony that took place in Brussels. On behalf of the EU, the agreement was signed by Jean Asselborn, Minister of Immigration and Asylum of Luxembourg and President of the Council, and by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. On the Colombian side, Maria Angela Holguín, Minister of Foreign Affairs, signed the agreement. The new visa regime provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Colombia and for citizens of Colombia when travelling to the EU, for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Gender equality on company boards – Nicolas Schmit reviews the state-of-play on discussions on the directive project in the Council before MEPs

    Minister Nicolas Schmit, who heads relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), addressed the plenary meeting of the Assembly which met in Brussels on 2 December 2015 to reply to an oral question on gender equality among the non-executive directors of companies listed on stock markets. The question, submitted by the S&D and EPP political parties, focused more specifically on the state-of-play of discussions within the Council on the directive proposal on the ratio of women on company boards, on which Parliament adopted its position at first reading in November 2013.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    New EURES network - Council gives the green light

    On 2 December 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee approved an agreement reached with the European Parliament for the re-establishment and re-organisation of the already existing EURES (European employment services) network. The new EURES is strengthened and modernized. Its portal becomes an up-to-date mobility tool using the latest IT technologies, accessible for all. “This new regulation on the re-establishment of EURES emphasizes the importance that we all put in one of the fundamental freedoms of Union citizens, the free movement of workers. It offers new job opportunities and is contributing to reduce unemployment in the European Union”, said Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy.

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    • Economic and Financial Affairs
    Council reaches agreement on Securitisation package, first building block of the Capital Markets Union

    On 2 December 2015, after two months of intensive and constructive negotiations under Luxembourg Presidency, Member States agreed on the Securitisation package at the meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives. “These proposals aim to relaunch the securitisation market, by promoting simple, transparent and standardised securitisations. The objective is to contribute to the financing of the economy and hence to the creation of jobs and growth”, said Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance of Luxembourg and President of the ECOFIN Council.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Foreign Affairs
    54th meeting of COSAC – enlargement policy is the focus for debates by national representatives

    The theme for the second day of work for the representatives of national parliaments of EU Member States, meeting in Luxembourg on 30 November and 1 December 2015 for the 54th meeting of COSAC (Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union), was the EU's enlargement policy.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Foreign Affairs
    Jean Asselborn has taken stock of the Luxembourg Presidency regarding trade policy before the European Parliament's International Trade Committee

    Jean Asselborn, the Luxembourg Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, visited Brussels on 1 December 2015 to take stock before the European Parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA) of the Luxembourg Presidency's trade policy. In his introduction, the Minister reminded those present of the importance attached by the Presidency to a coherent, responsible and inclusive trade policy. The transparency of the negotiations and the coherence of different policies have also guided the work of the Presidency regarding trade policy, the Minister said.

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Other
    Étienne Schneider invited European Ministers for Space Policy to discuss relations between the EU and the European Space Agency

    On 30 November 2015, Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Economy, invited Member States of the EU and the European Space Agency (ESA) to discuss cooperation between the two organisations. In its dual role as President of the Council of the European Union and Co-President, together with its Swiss counterpart, of the European Space Agency's Ministerial Council, Luxembourg is in a prime position to promote closer cooperation between the EU and the ESA. Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Economy, took the opportunity offered by this dual role to restart dialogue at European level and create fresh impetus with a view to increased cooperation between the EU and the European Space Agency.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Competitiveness

    European Union (EU) Ministers for Competitiveness met in Brussels on 30 November 2015 for the first part of a Competitiveness Council devoted to issues related to the internal market and industry, the last meeting of its kind under the Luxembourg Presidency. During the meeting chaired by Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Economy, European Ministers covered for the first time the new strategy for the internal market and also looked at the second competitiveness "check-up". The discussions also covered ways to take advantage of the new programme for better regulations to improve the functioning of the internal market, as well as recommendations for the creation of a system of national competitiveness boards in the Eurozone.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Foreign Affairs, Justice and Home Affairs
    54th meeting of COSAC – National representatives stressed the importance of solidarity between EU Member States to overcome the challenges linked to the refugees crisis

    Representatives of EU Member States' national parliaments met in Luxembourg for the 54th Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC), which took place on 30 November and 1 December 2015. The debates focused on the European agenda on migration, the strategy for a digital market in Europe, and lastly, EU enlargement policy. For the first session devoted to the European agenda on migration, the debates specifically concentrated on common asylum policy and legal migration policy, as well as the fight against illegal migration and external borders security. During the debates, an overwhelming majority of speakers stressed the importance of solidarity between EU Member States to respond to challenges linked to the refugees crisis.

  • Updated 15-07-2015