The Danish Presidency today received the EU Member States' endorsement of the compromise on the Energy Efficiency Directive, which was reached with the European Parliament in the negotiations last night. Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Buildings, Martin Lidegaard, will present the final compromise text to his ministerial colleagues at the Energy Council meeting on 15 June.
The European patent prize has today been awarded to inven-tors from Danish Widex at the European Inventor Award 2012 in the Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen. The prize is awarded for Widex' revolutionary computer technology to design hearing aids. The prestigious prize emphasizes Danish companies’ innovation capacity, says Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Ole Sohn.
EU energy ministers meet on Friday 15 June in Luxembourg for the last time under the Danish Presidency. Energy efficiency, long term energy policy and renewable energy will be the main themes of a long agenda that reflects substantive Danish efforts for European energy policy and a green Europe.
As part of the Danish EU Presidency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry of Culture are hosting a ‘Meeting of Cultural Directors’ from 13-15 June. The meeting involves senior officials from member and candidate countries' ministries of culture and ministries of foreign affairs responsible for cultural affairs and public diplomacy. The meeting will contribute to the formulation of a comprehensive European strategy for culture and has a special focus on the relationship between the EU and China.
Meet the Presidency for a chat about the six months as chair of the EU Council of Ministers and join when Minister for European Affairs Nicolai Wammen debate the results of the Presidency with colleagues from the Commission and the European Parliament - all at the People Meeting, Denmark’s National Political Festival, taking place on 14 - 17th June in Allinge on the island of Bornholm.
Press release from the European Commission, European Parliament and the Presidency of the Council.
Development Minister Christian Friis Bach will travel to New Zealand and Vanuatu to create a new alliance between the EU and Pacific, African and Caribbean countries on sustainable development ahead of the RIO+20 Summit.
Climate Finance, land-use and forestry greenhouse gas uptake and emissions were discussed by ministers for climate and state of play on Low Carbon Energy Roadmap 2050 was presented in today’s Council meeting in Luxembourg.
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.
Yesterday and today, Danish Minister for European Affairs Nicolai Wammen hosted a meeting for the Ministers for European Affairs in Aarhus and Horsens. The meeting was the first opportunity for Ministers to discuss the full range of inputs on ways of promoting growth as preparation for the meeting of the European Council at the end of June.
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.
Sustainable fishery will be the recurring theme in the so called general approach on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy that the Council is expected to endorse on Tuesday 12 June.
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.
On Monday the 11th of June, the European Ministers for environment and climate are gathering for important negotiations. The ministers are to agree on the cornerstones in a new 7th Environment Action Programme. The programme will lead the way for an ambitious environmental policy and transition towards a green economy in Europe 2020.
On 10-11 June the Ministers for European Affairs will meet in Aarhus and Horsens for the last informal ministerial meeting during the Danish Presidency. The ministers will continue the negotiations on the EU’s multiannual budget and prepare the upcoming meeting of the European Council on 28-29 June, where the EU Heads of State and Government will discuss a growth strategy for the EU.