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The Latvian EU council presidency will work towards more justice for EU citizens, promises Dzintars Rasnačs. PDF Drukāt E-pasts

European citizens want to live and work in an open, prosperous and safe Europe. The EU’s agenda in the area of justice is playing an ever increasing role in delivering on the Lisbon treaty’s key objectives.

The Latvian EU council presidency will continue the ongoing work towards a fully functioning common European area of justice. In particular, we will focus on the protection of personal data and on the protection of the EU’s financial interests. We will also invest our efforts to support measures that will improve the business environment in the EU and we will strive to ensure a high level of fundamental rights protection in criminal proceedings.

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THE PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION PDF Drukāt E-pasts

The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every six months. During this six-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work in the Council.

Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called 'trios'. This system was introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009. The trio sets long-term goals and prepares a common agenda determining the topics and major issues that will be addressed by the Council over an 18 month period. On the basis of this programme, each of the 3 countries prepares its own more detailed six-month programme.

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TOWARDS A SPECIAL EUROPEAN MISSION; INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN RIGA DISCUSSES PRESIDENCY PDF Drukāt E-pasts

"Presidency is an opportunity to define and change the country’s role in the EU. For the Latvian government the Presidency is a special European calling and a mission. As the presiding country Latvia will be put on the political map for EU citizens and governments from outside the EU – particularly since it belongs to the group of smaller and newer members," - in the introduction of the analysis of the Latvian Presidency states Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) which traditionally presents recommendations to the incoming presidencies.

The large-scale Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference “Moving the Union forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability” took place in Riga on 4 December. The conference brought together more than 40 leading experts and policy makers from both- Latvia and international arena - representing 26 different countries.

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