03 Jul 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 03 JULYBrussels Daily
College of Commissioners in Luxembourg for the official launch of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union
To mark the inauguration of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union which officially took office on 1 July, President Juncker and the College of Commissioners are in Luxembourg today. During the day, Commissioners will meet with their counterparts in the Luxembourgish government to discuss the priorities for the next six months. The meetings will cover three main policy areas: (1) Growth, competitiveness, investment and environmental issues; (2) Economic and Monetary Union, the social dimension and financial issues; and (3) External relations, including development, trade and defence as well as freedom, justice and security. At 12:30 CET there will be a joint press point with President Juncker and the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel in the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg. It will be live streamed and made available online afterwards via EBS.
Adoption of the Rural Development Programmes
The European Commission adopted the Rural Development Programme (RDP) of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for an amount of € 368 million of public funds available for the period 2014-2020, € 100.6 million of the budget of the European Union. The RDP of Luxembourg attaches great importance to the environmental aspect (biodiversity, water and soil management, reduction of greenhouse gases) and to the competitiveness of the agricultural sector by supporting innovation. Young farmers also receive special aid for first installation. Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture, today commented on the adoption of the Luxembourg program: “I welcome the emphasis in this program on actions related to the restoration, preservation and enhancement of ecosystems. It is indeed important in a country with over 80% of its territory classified as rural. I have every confidence that the new PDR will allow rural areas to prosper and contribute to the objectives of rural development policy the EU. ” This decision brings the total to 56 RDP adopted an EU contribution of € 62.9 billion (of a total of 118 programs with a budget of € 99.6 billion). The Commission also adopted this week the French National Framework, and Molise regions of the programs (Italy) and Murcia (Spain).
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