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       EU Policies 08/07/2013
Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013


Ireland looks back at a successful seventh presidency

The Irish presidency is coming to an end while Lithuania is taking the lead on scorching topics still on the grill. The agreements on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) are positive steps forward nevertheless a lot still has to be done in terms of implementation. 

Moreover, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and youth unemployment came through at the last moment as well as important progress in the common fisheries policy and other fields had been made earlier on.

With few dossiers left on the table, Lithuania will have to rub shoulders with the other member states in order to implement a real leadership and shape an efficient dynamic.

Lithuania is the first Baltic state to take the helm of the EU’s rotating Presidency

Lithuania joined the European Union in 2004, and is part of the tripartite rotating presidency hold by Ireland –Lithuania –Greece. Its geographical position and its will to impose itself as a prominent north-eastern European actor ensure a strong commitment regarding challenging priorities.

Lithuanian presidency faces a daunting task with a full agenda and the need to secure agreements between 28 Member States on a wide range of important issues ahead of the EU elections to be held next year, as it is the last full time presidency before the crucial event.

The objectives of the Lithuanian Presidency will be as follows:

·     Credible Europe with a stable financial sector and public finance and effective growth oriented EU economic governance and stronger social dimension,

·   Growing Europe through greater investment into research, competitiveness and technological development, deeper integration of the internal market, as well as better employment opportunities and sustainable social security,

·      Open Europe able to tackle global challenges effectively, promoting democratic values, contributing to safe neighbourhood, and actively protecting the rights of EU citizens.

Among the main priorities, we can highlight:

- adoption of 75 specific proposals implementing the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, so that it can enter into force on 1 January 2014;

- focus on tackling youth employment and bringing back the growth;

- trade policy with the up-coming first round of the EU-US negotiations (8-12 July 2013) on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, as well as the on-going negotiation regarding future trade agreements between the EU and Japan.

- important energy security issues as the 3rd energy package implementation;

- Eastern Partnership policy with a specific attention on the conclusion of the the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with Ukraine;

- the question of enlargement (Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey) as well as the neighbourhood policy: look through human rights implementation especially in Ukraine and Belorussia;

- Digital Market (to be discussed in October among the European council);

According to the ambassador Raimundas Karoblis, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU, his country gave the example by implementing heavy reforms to cope with the economic crisis.

The challenging issue for Lithuanian leaders is whether they will stay at EU orbit or will they be able to reach a real leadership for the European Union?


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