Environment Ministers adopted Council Conclusions on the content of the 7th Environment Action Programme in Luxembourg today. The Conclusions set an ambitious course for environment policies for the next decade.
The Minister for European Affairs, Mr Wammen, will attend the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg the 12th – 13th of June. It is the last out of nine plenary sessions during the Danish Presidency of the Council.
Today, the European Ministers for Justice agreed on new rules which inter alia will make cross border trade flow more easily and improve the handing of matters regarding successions within the EU. The Ministers also took important steps to improve the protection of the fundamental rights of persons suspected of or charged with a criminal act.
On 7-8 June 2012 the Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Ole Sohn, brought the shipping industry’s administrative burdens in the EU into focus.
The Danish Minister for Justice and Chair of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, Morten Bødskov, aims to strengthen EU’s efforts to combat cybercrime. Therefore, the Danish minister has placed this issue at the very top of the agenda when the European Ministers for Home Affairs meet at the Council meeting in Luxembourg. The Minister for Justice also aims to ensure new and simplified rules in commercial matters and in the area of successions.
To day the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission agreed on a Directive that makes it possible for cultural institutions to give access to Europe’s cultural heritage across borders in the EU.
Informal Council in Horsens: The discussion at the agricultural Minister’s green think tank showed consensus that there really is no choice between productivity and sustainability.
As part of the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, The Danish Minister for Culture, Uffe Elbæk, has together with the Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou taken the initiative to start a dialogue on the role of culture in a time of crisis.
Under the headline ‘EU Snapshots of Your Life’, the Danish EU Presidency has organized a photo competition primarily aimed at young people taking photos of how the EU and Europe affects their daily lives. The 40 best photos will be on display at the Royal Library in Copenhagen from 7 June.
The Danish Presidency is now entering a decisive phase. The Presidency has already reached agreement on several important files to the benefit of both European citizens and businesses, but despite that the summer weather has gradually settled in, the meeting rooms will be buzzing with activity throughout the last month of the Danish EU Presidency.
The Danish EU Presidency has reached an agreement on European standardisation. Thereby the Council and the European Parliament has agreed on the first of the twelve initiatives in the Single Market Act intended to modernise European trade and contribute to growth in Europe. The agreement will improve conditions for participation of businesses and stakeholders in the development of standards, ensure that standards reach the market faster, which will shorten the time span from idea to production, and boost the development of European standards for services.
The European ministers for research- and innovation have after long and hard negotiations reached an agreement on the overall structure for the EUs coming Framework programme for research and innovation – Horizon 2020 – which has a proposed budget of EUR 80 billion.
The administrative burdens on listed companies are being reduced in order to make it easier for businesses to raise capital and contribute to growth and employment in the EU. This is at the heart of changes to the so called Transparency Directive. The Danish Presidency is leading negotiations of the Directive, and has just received a mandate in the Council of Ministers to begin negotiations with the European Parliament.
New EU rules require that providers of mortgage credit in the EU should ensure better information for consumers and more solid credit assessments for the receipt of mortgage credit. At the same time it will be easier for consumers to see where the best options are for them in taking out a mortgage. This is the heart of the new so-called Mortgage Credit Directive. The Danish Presidency is leading negotiations on the Directive, and has just received a mandate in the Council of Ministers to begin negotiations with the European Parliament.
On 30 May, together with other European ministers, the Danish Minister for Business and Growth set a footprint on the growth agenda in Europe. The Competitiveness Council discussed a number of the initiatives to cre-ate growth in the Single Market Act.
160 parliamentarians from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and Europe had a number of questions for the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach during the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Horsens, ending today.