Programme & Priorities of the Irish Presidency
Ireland has just taken over the helm of the European Council and on 9 January presented its work programme and priorities for the first half of 2013. The detailed programme “For Stability, Growth and Jobs” sets out the following as core principles of the Irish Presidency:
- People-centred recovery, designed to last
- Investment in job-friendly growth and in Europe’s resources
- Europe and the world: a win-win engagement with our partners
Securing agreement on the Multi-annual Financial Framework, which sets out proposals for the EU’s future financing from 2014-2020 is the absolute priority. The Presidency will then prioritise agreement on the overall legislative package for cohesion policy 2014-2020 to deliver benefits for citizens and EU business over the coming decades. The Presidency will also place a spotlight on youth unemployment for their six-month reign, to avoid the creation of a ‘lost generation’. The topic will be the main focus of an informal Ministerial meeting in Dublin in February.