Luxembourg Takes Over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

 On 1 July Luxembourg took over for the twelfth time the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.

The priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency for the second semester of 2015 are based on seven pillars:

• Stimulating investment to boost growth and employment.
• Deepening the European Union's social dimension.
• Managing migration, combining freedom, justice and security.
• Revitalising the single market by focusing on its digital dimension.
• Placing European competitiveness in a global and transparent framework.
• Promoting sustainable development.
• Strengthening the European Union's presence on the global stage.

Examining the European Commission's forthcoming Single Market Strategy for goods and services will be a priority for the Luxembourg Presidency. It will also ensure that the 'Think Small First' principle is applied systematically so that all European Union policies encourage the development of SMEs. The revision of the Small Business Act will be treated as a priority.

More information about the agenda of the Luxembourg Presidency is available from its website at .