From the forgotten to publish material: 2015 January 15
In 2015 January I notated
Every 6 months, on a rotating schedule, one European Union (EU) Member State leads the work of the Council of the EU. This year, Latvia received the honour of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time, taking over from Italy on 1 January 2015 and passing the Presidency to the final trio partner, Luxembourg, on 30 June 2015.
The Declaration of Cooperation between the Parliaments of Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg in support of the preparation and fulfilment of the parliamentary dimension of the Presidencies of these three EU Member States was signed on 7 April 2014. This Trio Presidency of the Council marks the start of the 2014-2019 European Parliamentary Legislature which means that, aside from the major strategic items, the bulk of the legislative work of the Latvian Presidency consisted essentially of resuming unfinished business from the previous legislature.
The main priority areas of the Latvian Presidency’s six month programme was: 1) EU competitiveness and growth; 2) using Europe’s digital potential to boost smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the EU; and 3) strengthening the EU’s role as a global actor.
Europe needs to enhance its entrepreneurial capacity by promoting investment in new and competitive products and services. Only by developing competitive industry and service sectors can Europe facilitate job creation, and thus also promote social cohesion. Based on Latvia’s own experience they knew that this is possible through efficient structural reforms and growth-stimulating investment measures.