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Luxembourg on July 1 officially takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union

Published Tuesday June 30 2015

Luxembourg will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the twelfth time in the second semester of 2015. The Luxembourg Presidency is the first to take place under the auspices of the Lisbon Treaty which has given new competences to the Union and established a new institutional balance.



A Union for the citizens

The Luxembourg Presidency has outlined an open approach:

  • Listen to the citizens,
  • Supporting businesses,
  • Cooperating with partners and institutions in order to act in the interests of Europe.

Updating the interinstitutional Agreement on Better Regulation, on the basis of the proposal submitted by the European Commission, will enable better interinstitutional cooperation which should ensure the quality of legislation that takes the interests and needs of citizens into account. The Luxembourg Presidency will therefore seek to advance negotiations on this agreement. 

The programme of the Luxembourg Presidency is placed in the context of the implementation of the Strategic Agenda for the Union in Times of Change adopted by the European Council of 26 and 27 June 2014 and which outlines the key priorities for the European Union over the next five years. The programme takes also account of the policy orientations of the President of the Commission , the annual work programme of the Commission and the work of the 'Trio' made up of Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg.  

The priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency for the second semester of 2015 are based on seven pillars:

  • Stimulating investment to boost growth and  employment
  • Deepening the European Union's social dimension
  • Managing migration, combining freedom, justice  and security
  • Revitalising the single market by focusing on its  digital dimension
  • Placing European competitiveness in a global and transparent framework
  • Promoting sustainable development
  • Strengthening the European Union's presence on the global stage

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