The EU ministers for employment and social affairs meet on 24-25 April in Horsens, Denmark, for an informal ministers’ meeting. The ministers will, among other things, discuss how the increasing youth unemployment is to be fought, and how member states can develop new methods for improving the quality of social services. The ministers will furthermore discuss how to secure better protection for EU-citizens wishing to work or provide a service in another European country.
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.
Minister for the Environment, Ida Auken and Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard have invited their ministerial colleagues in Europe to an informal meeting in Horsens, Denmark from 17 to 20 April. The agenda for the meeting is a greener Europe to help resolve the financial crisis.
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.
As part of the Danish Presidency, the Danish Foreign Minister will be representing the EU High Representative Ashton at the EU-IGAD political dialogue which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 3 April 2012.
The Danish Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior, Margrethe Vestager, hosted the meeting, when EU finance and economy ministers and central bank governors gathered in Copenhagen this Friday and Saturday to discuss the EU strategy for solving the economic crisis, the resolution of failing banks and the EU multiannual budgetary framework.
Today in Brussels, the EU discussed the nomination of board members to the Green Climate Fund. The Fund was launched at COP17 in Durban last December. There has been a significant interest for representation on the board from both EU Member States and the Commission.
EU economy and finance ministers and central bank governors will meet on 30-31 March in Copenhagen for the Informal ECOFIN meeting. They will discuss the economic and financial stability outlook, the strategy for dealing with the economic crisis, the strengthening of financial sector regulation and the EU multiannual budgetary framework.
Can the Euro survive the economic turmoil in Greece, Spain and Italy? To what extend will the richer countries accept the burden of debt? Will the European welfare state survive under the current economic conditions? And will the present crisis result in a division between the rich in the North and the poor in the South?
The Danish EU Presidency has brokered a new agreement with the European Parliament. European citizens will in the near future be able to see if they have Seveso sites in their neighbourhood on the internet.
Today the Danish EU Presidency has finalised an agree-ment on roaming in the EU. The new agreement ensures, that mobile prices on telephony, sms and internet now drops significantly in the EU. Minister of Business and Growth, Ole Sohn, considers the agreement as one of the major results of the Danish Presidency.
The consequences of modern piracy are great, and it is difficult to put a stop to the problem. Minister for Business and Growth Ole Sohn and several other important stakeholders take part in the EU Presidency Conference on 28 March 2012.