What MEPs expect of the LU Council Presidency
Some Members of the European Parliament have shared their expectations and what they see as the main challenges of the Luxembourg Council Presidency, which started on 1 July 2015.
Apart from the considerable number of obvious and most urgent issues such as the Greek debt crisis or irregular migration, several of the MEPs who were asked for their expectations see growth and jobs as priorities for the current presidency. This should include, amongst others, the setting up of a genuine common digital market, and promoting European innovation and creativity. The Energy Union is seen as a challenge, as is the issue of climate change (particularly on the occasion of the climate change conference in Paris in December). MEPs would also wish to see further progress with regard to the implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), with cohesion issues and with regional cooperation.
The MEPs who were asked for their expectations of the Luxembourg Presidency were the following: Georges Bach (EPP), Frank Engel (PPP), Viviane Reding (EPP), Mady Delvaux (S&D), Charles Goerens (ALDE), Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA).
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