The Danish Presidency is ready to begin negotiations with the European Parliament on the accounting directives
Europe Day, 9 May, is the last chance to participate in the Danish EU Presidency’s photo competition 'EU Snapshots of Your Life' and win tablets.
More possibilities for decentralized decisions was a theme at today’s Council meeting where EU Fisheries Ministers discussed the Commission’s proposals on transferable fishing concessions and regionalization of fisheries management.
The EU agricultural Ministers want a Common Agricultural Policy that is easier to administer and that more decisions should be left to the Member States.
The Interior Ministers of the EU Member States have decided on new measures to combat terrorism in Europe. The Council agreed on the need to establish a European framework for exchanging air passenger information. Furthermore, the ministers showed broad support for enhanced control of chemical substances that can be used to produce home made explosives. The Council also adopted a new EU action plan aimed at stepping up the fight against illegal immigration.
The high youth unemployment rate in Europe as well as the pressure on social services were subject to a lively debate when the European ministers for social affairs and employment met for an informal ministerial meeting in Horsens, Denmark. At the meeting, it was furthermore discussed how to better protect EU-citizens posted to another Member State.
European Ministers for Health have discussed how to make room for innovation in the health systems both at national and European level. They also pushed forward the agenda on chronic diseases in the discussion on patient empowerment. Ministers also discussed medical devices and agreed to use the Health Security Committee as a platform for crisis management in the field of medical devices.
EU Energy ministers agreed that the Energy Efficiency Directive should be adopted before the end of June. The President of the Energy Council, Mr. Martin Lidegaard, is satisfied by the constructive discussions during the informal ministerial meeting in Horsens, Denmark on Thursday and Friday.
How can we trigger European economic growth? What divides and what unifies? What reforms are needed? And are the member states willing to make the necessary changes to move forward as a union? These questions are up for debate when President of the European Commission José Maunel Barroso and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt lecture at Copenhagen University.
There is no other way out of the economic crisis than through a green economy, which will strengthen the development of new and greener technologies, resource reductions and the protecting of our nature and the biodiversity. A green transition will create millions of jobs and make Europe more sustainable and competitive.
The European Parliament approves new agreement between the EU and the United States on the exchange of passenger data.The EU has taken an important step in the fight against international crime and in the protection of the privacy of European citizens. The European-Parliament today voted to approve a new agreement between the EU and the USA on the exchange of airline passenger data for the purpose of combating serious cross-border crime. The Minister of Justice, Mr. Morten Bødskov, represented the Danish EU Presidency during the final debate in the European Parliament.
Today, the Danish Presidency reached an agreement on a stronger European Maritime Safety Agency. The agreement ensures that the Agency is able to carry out its tasks in relation to maritime safety and the marine environment in a better and more efficient manner.
Umweltministerin Ida Auken und der Minister für Klima, Energie und Bau Martin Lidegaard haben ihre europäischen Ministerkollegen zu einem informellen Ministertreffen vom 17.-20. April in Horsens eingeladen. Auf der Tagesordnung steht ein Europa, das grüner wird und dadurch zur Lösung der Finanzkrise beiträgt.
On the 16th of April 2012, the Danish EU Presidency and the EU Commission will be hosting a conference on sustainable energy in Brussels (EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit). Among others, the conference will be attended by the UN Secretary-General, the President of the EU Commission and the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation.
Today the Council and the European Parliament have reached an agreement about technical modifications to the regulation from 2002 on double-hull oil tankers.
Heads of states and governments, UN and other international organisations, experts and NGOs will gather for three days in June for the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro. The Conference will set the stage for future sustainable development.