11 January 2016

18-month programme of the EU Council for the Dutch, Slovak and Maltese Presidencies

The EU member states that will hold the next three Presidencies of the EU Council (known collectively as the Trio Presidency) have drawn up an 18-month agenda to ensure that, in addition to the immediate challenges the EU is facing, other important issues will receive the necessary attention and commitment.

It is clear that the challenge of migration and refugees will remain high on the agenda for the Dutch, Slovak and Maltese Presidencies, which will cover the period from January 2016 to June 2017. As the December European Council underlined, steps to strengthen the EU’s external borders will be a top priority. The agenda will also include the future development of the Common European Asylum System, work on relocation, resettlement, return and readmission, stepping up efforts to combat human trafficking, and developing measures related to legal migration.

The Strategic Agenda agreed by the European Council in June 2014 forms the bedrock of the Trio’s programme. The three Presidencies will be guided by the Agenda’s five priorities: a Union of jobs, growth and competitiveness; a Union that empowers and protects all its citizens; working towards an Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy; a Union of freedom, security and justice; and the Union as a strong global actor.

More info: about the four priority areas: http://english.eu2016.nl/eu-presidency/input-and-priorities