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Programme of the Presidency Trio

The work programme established by the presidency trio attaches the greatest importance to economic issues related to kick-starting economic growth. That said, it also responds to the current and unprecedented challenges to security that stem from the migrant crisis. At the same time, the programme seeks to put forward policies in the areas of job creation, competitiveness, the Digital Single Market and the Energy Union. The programme rests on five pillars that the Council needs to address during the 18 months.

1. Jobs, Growth, Competitiveness

In the field of economy, the three presidencies prioritise delivering strong economic growth across the Union. Increased investment, support for reforms and quality job creation are important instruments in these efforts. Support for innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises and youth employment will also be at the forefront of the work of the presidency trio.

2. A Union that Protects All Citizens

The three countries commit themselves in the programme to stepping up their efforts in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. In this regard, priority has been given to the swift adoption of measures aimed at modernising education and establishing links between students and the labour market. The trio also pays due attention to health security and the improvement of the health of the population.

3. An Energy Union with a Forward-looking Climate Policy

The area of energy will also rank high on the agenda. The greatest amount of attention is expected to be paid to reducing Europe’s dependency on the import of fossil fuels and to increasing the utilisation of indigenous energy sources. The completion of the EU’s energy market and the fostering of environmental sustainability constitute another priority.

4. Freedom, Security and Justice

The programme also draws attention to the currently most prominent issues, notably the quality of external border management, the fight against organised crime, corruption and terrorism. The fight against illegal migration flows and people smuggling remains the most important topic in Europe.

5. The Union as a Strong Global Actor

The current global environment is both a challenge and an opportunity for the EU, and this is reflected in the programme of the presidency countries. A stronger partnership with neighbouring countries, support for action in conflict prevention and speaking with one voice externally also feature prominently among the efforts of the presidency countries.

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