Headlines January 2013

European Parliamentary Week on the European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination


Maroš Šefčovič took part in the closing session of the European Parliamentary Week on the European Semester this morning in the European Parliament in Brussels. He took part in the exchange of views between Members of the European Parliament and National Parliaments with other speakers including European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Seán Barrett, Chair of the Irish Dáil.


COSAC Chairspersons meeting in Dublin
Parliaments to be at the core of future EMU


As Europe moves towards ever deeper economic and monetary union, parliaments will have a key role to play in ensuring democratic legitimacy and accountability, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said on Monday. 

Speaking in Dublin at the COSAC meeting of all the chairs of the European affairs committees of the national parliaments organised by the Irish EU Presidency, V-P Šefčovič outlined the European Commission's proposals for deeper economic and monetary union as set out in the blueprint of November 2012


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Celebrating the best of European public administration


An award designed to recognise the most innovative and effective public administrations across Europe was launched on Friday 25 January by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in Brussels. 

Speaking at the launch event for the 2013 European Public Sector Awards organised by the European Institute for Public Administration and supported by the European Commission's Directorate General for Human Resources, V-P Šefčovič stressed that governments across Europe have obliged the public sector to cut costs, make efficiency gains and encourage  the more effective use of resources. 


'The holocaust must never be forgotten'


Europe's future lies in peace and cooperation but the tragedies and conflicts of the past must not be forgotten. This was the message from European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday. 


Irish focus on results the right way to go


The Irish Presidency's determination to achieve real results in terms of job creation and economic growth in its six months in the EU hot seat has been praised by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič as the correct approach. 


Statement on the Cyprus presidency review


Statement by Maroš Šefčovič on the Cyprus presidency review in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.


Group photo - First meeting of the Irish Presidency and EC college
Busy start to 2013 as Ireland takes over EU Presidency


Ireland took over the rotating EU Presidency on 1 January 2013 and will face a number of complicated dossiers during its time in the hot seat – not least the need to reach an agreement on the next EU budget or MFF. 

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, along with the rest of the College of Commissioners, was in Dublin last week to meet with the key Irish ministers who will manage the work of the Presidency. Among them is Lucinda Creighton, minister responsible for European affairs, who will chair the monthly General Affairs Council, which V-P Šefčovič attends on behalf of the Commission.


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