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EUROPEAN COMMISSION 10 PRIORITIES

Every year, the European Commission adopts the priorities that will form the basis of its activities for next twelve months. President Juncker’s State of the Union speech outlined the Commission’s ten priorities, and presented his political vision for the future of the EU that will guide the preparation of the Commission’s Work Programme for 2016 and beyond.

Jobs, Growth and Investment
Digital Single Market
Energy Union and Climate
Internal Market
Economic and Monetary Union
EU-US Free Trade
Justice and Fundamental Rights
Migration
EU as a Global Actor
Democratic Change

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PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but rather the position is held by a national government. From January to June 2016 the Netherlands has Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The Netherlands and the EU Presidency During its Presidency the Netherland’s will be focusing on four priority areas:

Migration & international security
Europe as an innovator & job creator
Sound finances and a robust eurozone
Forward-looking climate & energy policy

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