On the 21st of November, the European Policy Centre organised its traditional Breakfast Policy Briefing before the holding of a new Member State Presidency in the European Council. Following on from Italy- from the 1st of January, 2015, Latvia will hold the Presidential rudders as the EU flagship until the 1st of July, 2015, steering the course of the European Union. It also marks an important exam for Latvia, because it will be the first time, since its accession to the EU in 2004, it has taken up the Presidential reins. This will also be practically the first Presidency, after elections of the new EU Parliament and Commission with which they will cooperate for next six months. The main Brussels responsibilities for this time will be in the hands of Ms. Ilze Juhansone, as an Ambassador and Head of the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the EU. She was the main speaker at the event. She had made a statement to clarify the plans of the Latvian Presidency. As Ms. Juhansone stated, the Latvian Presidency has already announced that it will concentrate on three broad areas, aiming towards a competitive, digital, and engaged Europe. [Tweet "The Presidency would like to focus on a more competitive Europe"]Latvians are planning to deal with a number of dossiers, including the need to foster investments and economic reforms; revision of the Europe 2020 strategy; the creation of a digital single market; developing transatlantic relationships via the TTIP, neighbourhood policy, especially in terms of the Eastern Partnership; and issues related to migration and security policy. The Ambassador underlined that due to the actual economic situation, [...]
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