mercoledì 18 marzo 2015

Segnalazioni da CONSILIUM

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Mr Edgars Rinkevics, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs © EU
Institutional affairs
The Council prepared the European Council of 19-20 March. The main focus will be on the energy union. Foreign relations such as relations with Russia, the situation in Ukraine, preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit and Libya will also be discussed. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
External relations and foreign affairs
The Council held an in-depth discussion on EU relations with Africa, covering peace and security, prosperity and partnership. The Council also adopted a strategy outlining how the EU and Member States are planning to counter the threat posed by ISIL/Da'esh and help restore peace and security in Syria and Iraq.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Mr Vytenis Pavilas ANDRIUKAITIS, Member of the European Commission and Mr Janis DUKLAVS, Latvian Minister for Agriculture © EU
Agriculture, fisheries and food
The Council held a public debate on a proposal on organic farming. Member states took the view that an EU harmonised approach could address the issue of the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products. 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Trains and railways © EU
Energy and natural resources / Science and technology / Transport and travel
The Council held a public policy debate on two proposals to improve rail services in the EU (fourth railway package). Ministers also discussed ways in which transport policy can boost competitiveness, growth and jobs. 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

Mr Dimitrios Avramopoulos and Mr Rihards Kozlovskis © EU
Justice and citizens rights
Ministers welcomed the progress achieved so far in the implementation of the operational actions identified by the Task Force Mediterranean. The Council also discussed the implementation of the measures contained in the recent counter-terrorism statements issued after the latest terrorist attacks in Europe. 

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Ms. Marianne THYSSEN, Member of the European Commission; Mr Uldis AUGULIS, Latvian Minister for Welfare © EU
Employment and social rights / Environment, consumers and health
The Council discussed the employment and social policy aspects of the 2015 European Semester exercise. It endorsed key messages on the financing of social protection systems and adopted conclusions on inclusive labour markets. 

Main results of the Environment Council

Miguel Arias Cañete and Kaspars Gerhards © EU
Environment, consumers and health
The Council discussed the preparations for the UN climate change conference that will take place in Paris in December. Ministers also discussed the environment related aspects of the Annual Growth Survey with a view to the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy. 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

From left to right: Mr Maros SEFCOVIC, Vice President of the European Commission; Ms. Dana REIZNIECE OZOLA, Latvian Minister for the Economy; Mr Miguel ARIAS CANETE, Member of the European Commission © EU
Energy and natural resources / Transport and travel
The Council had an exchange of views on the energy union, addressing in particular issues such as energy security, completion of the internal energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation of the economy and competitiveness. 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

European flag at the Justus Lipsius building © EU
Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs
The Competitiveness Council took place against the background of the broad priorities of the Latvian presidency to achieve a competitive and digital Europe. It included debates on those areas where the EU's single market and a dynamic innovation policy can increase Europe's capacity to deliver economic growth and jobs. 

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