Friday, December 31, 2010
Hungary take the rotating presidency of the EU on 1st January
From 1 January 2011 and for six months, Hungary will chair the Council of the European Union. Budapest has already set four priorities for its work: growth and employment for safeguarding the European social model, a stronger Europe, a Union citizen-friendly; enlargement and neighborhood policy.From 1st January 2011, it is going to be task of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to shape the issues on the agenda of the European Union in line with the interests of the 27 Member States. In order to maintain the course amidst its many obligations, the Hungarian Presidency has defined the topics that it considers to be of outstanding significance. The Hungarian Presidency wishes to work along four priorities during the first half of 2011. Beside this, it intends to keep in the focus point the human factor, as the basis for intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth when dealing with all other issues ranging from the economy, through common policies to the issue of enlargement.
Growth and employment for preserving the European social model
The entire Union is defined by a period of economic rearrangement. The Hungarian Presidency will continue the process of consolidation. It is convinced that the key to success is in the future oriented growth strategy of the EU and in the reinforcement of economic policy coordination.
The Europe 2020 strategy wishes to improve or to preserve the living conditions of European citizens, therefore it has to have the creation of jobs and sustainable competitiveness in the focus. Thus the Hungarian Presidency wishes to improve the situation of small and medium enterprises, which are the drivers for job creation and also wishes to call the attention of Member States to the impact that demography and family policy can have on employment and economic growth. In the framework of the initiative to decrease poverty, the Presidency wishes to pay increased attention to the struggle against child poverty and will strive for tangible, European-level measures in the field of the integration of the Roma-people.
The internal policies of the EU are structured around three basic elements: food, energy and water. Therefore the Hungarian Presidency attaches great importance to strengthen policies in these fields, thereby also reinforcing Europe. The review of the Common Agriculture Policy, the definition of a common energy policy and a new area, the drafting of a European water policy all serve this purpose. Parallel to the debate on preserving water resources, the European strategy on the development of the Danube-region will also be adopted during the Hungarian Presidency.
Hungary wishes to conduct a real and tangible debate on the afore-mentioned issues. This is indispensable in order to make sure that these policies that strength cohesion and solidarity between Member States provide a solid foundation for the next multi-annual financial framework of the Union.
Citizen friendly Union
The EU also has to deal with issues that have a direct relevance on the everyday lives of citizens. Thus Hungary intends to further the implementation of the Stockholm Program, to move forward the enlargement of the Schengen area to include Bulgaria and Romania in order to provide a free movement of people and to protect fundamental rights. Beside all these, it is the objective of the Hungarian Presidency to direct the attention of Member States to cultural diversity as a European value that needs to be protected. Cultural diversity will be a defining theme of cultural events during the Presidency.
Enlargement and neighbourhood policy
Hungary wishes to pay particular attention to taking the enlargement process further and to providing an integration perspective for the Western Balkans region. The Hungarian Presidency will do everything it can to conclude the accession talks with Croatia during the first half of 2011. It is also a priority objective to strengthen the Eastern dimension of the neighbourhood policy, in the framework of which, Hungary will host the second Eastern Partnership Summit in May 2011.
More information Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
The European commission has announced that the startup Trustev was the winner of the 2013 edition of the Tech All Stars Award.
Trustev was rewarded for its contribution to tech entrepreneurship, as it offers real time, online verific...
The winners of the 2013 public choice and Grand Prix winners were announced last night during the awards ceremony in Athens.
Organized jointly by the European Commission and Europa Nostra NGOs, this prize aims to reward projects and ...
The Bristol City was rewarded for her efforts to improve the environment and quality of life of its citizens while providing new opportunities for businesses by receiving Friday the European Green Capital Award for 2015 in Nantes, the cur...
The Commission has launched the fifth edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists. This award aims to reward high quality items contributing to better information on health, care and patients' rights issues.
Journalists who w...
The European Environment Agency has just launched a new competition to reward project depicting waste in Europe.
There will be three categories in the prize: photography, cartoons and short films, permitting to raise awareness on the waste...
Need an advice?
Marine Rossi at
33 (0)1 42 54 60 64
19 June 2013 :
Trustev, winner of the Tech All Stars Awards 2013
18 June 2013 :
Winners of the prize for cultural heritage / europa nostra awards
17 June 2013 :
Bristol wins the European Green Capital Award
14 June 2013 :
Launching of the 2013 edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists
13 June 2013 :
Waste-Smart: a new competition to select projects depicting waste
26 June 2013 :
ManagEnergy Event - Sustainable Energy Financing for Municipalities and Regions
19 August 2013 - 24 August 2013 :
Université d'été 2013 de l'Assemblée des Régions d'Europe
21 September 2013 :
European Cooperation Day
26 September 2013 - 27 September 2013 :
CONCORDi-2013: 4th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation
06 October 2013 - 08 November 2013 :
ICT 2013: Create, Connect, Grow
Read quickly a call for proposal and gain in efficiency! :
Reading a call for proposal isn’t always easy for a non trained eye! In order to ...
Grant candidate's selection: ease the evaluator's work! :
Once submitted, all projects will reach the same stage: selection. It is therefor...
Grants and cash payments, beware! :
Grant Installments management is a core component of any project funded by the European...
Optimize your application to the European Social Fund (ESF)! :
The European Social Fund, created in 1957, is the European Union’s main financial...
How to access the Structural Funds ? :
European Structural Funds, known by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Dev...