Facing the end of January already, I feel a bit obliged to say something about the Hungarian Presidency Programme that leads the EU until the 30th of June 2011. The key events and keywords are:
The second Eastern Partnership Summit (EaP Summit) is taking place in Hungary in May 2011, targeting the EU Member States and six partner States (Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Belorus) with the aim to strengthen the EU’s political and economic relations with the six former Soviet Republics. Link: http://www.eu2011.hu/eastern-partnership
Strong Europe, economic growth, economic governance, completion of the Doha Round of the WTO, competitiveness, job creation, innovation, Strategic Innovation Agenda, European Inventor Award, solidarity, social inclusion, European Stability Mechanism (ESM, replacing the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM)), Europe 2020 Strategy, February European Council, Digital Europe, implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe, modernization of the European Network and Information Security Agency, first European Radiospectrum Policy Program, preparation for the 2012 World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-12), Youth on the Move, Platform Against Poverty, child poverty, Roma integration, Resource Efficiency, implementation of the Single Market Act, financial stability, Small Business Act, Competitiveness Council, strong European policies, energy security, common energy policy, European Energy Strategy: “Energy 2020: strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy”, “greening” of the energy sector, low-carbon European economy by 2050, March European Council, “Energy Star”, CAP (healthy and safe food, vitality of rural areas), milk package, Health Check of the CAP, EU Animal Health Strategy, novel foods, mandatory nutrition labelling, Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, 9th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9), Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), timely implementation of the 6th Environmental Action Programme, Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), implementation of the Cancún decisions, implementation of the European Danube Region Strategy, implementation of the Stockholm Programme, implementation of the rights in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen Area, European Year of Volunteering, geographically balanced migration policy, furtherance of the enlargement process, conclusion of the accession negotiations with Croatia, Western Balkan region, accession negotiations with Turkey, negotiations with Iceland, the avis process on the application of Serbia, granting candidate status to Montenegro, accession negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, EU’s neighbourhood policy, strong EU-Mediterranean partnership, EU as strong Global Actor, WTO accession processes of Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kazakhstan and least developed countries in action, bilateral or regional free-trade negotiations (esp. Canada, India, Singapore and Ukraine), fostering regulatory convergence with major trading partners – the United States, China and Japan, strategic transatlantic relations, the Washington Declaration, the Toledo Joint Statement, the European External Action Service, cfsp, civil and military crisis management, crisis prevention, csdp, EU’s development policy, reaching the Millennium Development Goals, setting new goals, preparation for aid effectiveness conference (HLF4) in South Korea in the IInd half of 2011, Action Plan of the European Humanitarian Consensus, European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (EVHAC), preparation for the 4th UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC4) in Istanbul in May 2011, ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, structural Dialogue Conference on the role of civil society and local government in development cooperation, General Affairs Council (GAC), European Stability Mechanism, implementation of citizens’ initiative, ECOFIN’s role in Europe 2020 Strategy, strengthening the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP), stability and convergence programmes, Annual Growth Survey, the Spring 2011 European Council, the European systemic Risk Board, the European Supervisory Authorities, taxation of the financial sector, Savings Tax Directive, Energy Tax Directive, citizens’ right to security, Internal Security Strategy, implementation of the Prüm Decisions, Common European Asylum System, European Asylum Support Office, strengthening FRONTEX, amendments to Schengen Borders Code, second generation of the Schengen Information System (SIS II), Visa Information System (VIS), visa dialogues with Russia, Ukraine and Moldova, Europe’s response to terrorism, establishing European PNR-System, protection of personal data, negotiation of the PNR-agreements with the United States, Canada and Australia, EU-US Data Protection Framework Agreement, road safety, natural and man-made disaster management, flood management, Commission’s Communication: “Facing the challenge of the safety of offshore oil and gas operations”, risk assessment, common set of minimum standards for fair trial rights, review of the Brussels I regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters, directive of the Trans-European Networks (TEN-T), directive on the establishment of a single European railway area, review of the NAIADES programme for promoting inland waterway navigation in Europe, “Eurovignette”, GALILEO, European GNSS programmes, European Disability Strategy, e-Health Week in May 2011, Action Plan for Adult Learning – What do those terms and concepts mean? How are those implemented? — For the answers see: http://www.eu2011.hu/files/bveu/documents/HU_PRES_STRONG_EUROPE_EN_3.pdf
See also: http://www.eu2011.hu
The next EU presidency belongs to Poland.