Into the New Year and a New Presidency

As the end of 2013 approaches, the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is also coming to the end. On 1 January 2014 Greece will take over the rotating presidency for the fifth time in the country’s history. CEPI recognises the efforts and achievements of the Lithuanian Presidency and looks forward to a successful and productive presidency for Greece which will continue until it hands over the reins to Italy on 1 July 2014.

On 18 December in Brussels Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius highlighted the approval of the Multiannual Financial Framework, the 2014 annual budget and a stronger Eastern Partnership as being amongst the key achievements of the Lithuanian Presidency. The Lithuanian Presidency has also worked on the digital agenda, the deepening of the Single Market and internal and external energy policy.

Greece is assuming the Presidency at a critical juncture for Europe with the additional factor that elections for the European Parliament are due to take place in May 2014. The priorities of the Greek Presidency are identified as being:
- Growth, Jobs, Cohesion – Growth is a matter of overriding importance for the Greek Presidency and inextricably linked to jobs. The timetable of fiscal consolidation will be balanced with the implementation of a Compact for Growth and Jobs with a focus on employment.
- Further Integration of the Eurozone – The main objective is to deepen integration and coordination of national fiscal and economic policies.
- Migration, Borders, Mobility – The Greek Presidency will highlight the positive aspects of comprehensive migration management to the benefit of growth and promote all dimensions of migration and mobility policies.
- Maritime Policies – as a maritime country the Greek Presidency will aim to redefine and restart EU Maritime Policy in all its aspects.

More information about the upcoming Greek Presidency and its priorities is available at .