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Home  >  News  >  Dutch EU Presidency in 2016
Last change: 13.01.2016.

Dutch EU Presidency in 2016


January 7 2016 saw the official launch of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the entire European Commission visiting Amsterdam.
 
From 1 January to 30 June 2016 the Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and during this period will be able to steer the course of EU legislative and political processes.
 
The Council is a gathering of ministers from the 28 EU member states, and their main purpose is to adopt proposals for new laws and to coordinate EU policy.
 
The Netherlands want a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates growth and jobs through innovation, and connects with civil society.
 
The Dutch EU Presidency will be focusing on the following four priority areas:
 
1.            Migration & international security
2.            Europe as an innovator & job creator
3.            Sound finances and a robust Eurozone
4.            Forward-looking climate & energy policy
 
The priorities are prosperity, freedom and security. It does not want the EU to deal with issues that the member states can organize perfectly well themselves. Examples include health care, education, pensions and taxation.
 
Innovation, growth and jobs come first, focusing on removing obstacles for companies that want to do business in other member states; making trade agreements; protecting workers more effectively against exploitation and unfair competition.
 
To that end, Europe needs smarter rules – simplified rules that apply to all member states. That will reduce bureaucracy and costs for citizens, companies and public authorities alike.
 
It is important for citizens and civil society organizations to feel connected to Europe, and they will if they see the EU achieving results that matter. And if they can follow how the EU works.
 
In Europe we stand stronger together. There is more that unites us than divides us. That applies to trade, the environment, the climate, energy and, not least, our peace, security and prosperity.
 
The Dutch tradition of consultation and cooperation can accomplish a lot in Europe.