The General Affairs Council’s go-ahead for the programme of the three future presidencies of the European Union marks the de facto start of the Italian duty presidency. The plan for the next 18 months centres on growth and employment and aims at strengthening the European Union’s role in the world.
As underscored today by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the fight against unemployment, particularly in the case of youth unemployment, must become an integral element in the European identity without which no stability will be possible.
Over the next 18 months, together with Latvia and Luxembourg – which assumes the presidency immediately following Italy’s – Italy will be working to strengthen economic growth in Europe and toward building Europe’s capacity to meet the challenges of globalisation.
Minister Federica Mogherini will receive the foreign ministers of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, on 30 June in Rome for the symbolic launch from Rome of the presidency trio’s common intention to begin a new season for European Union policy.