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Dutch EU Council Presidency


Every 6 months on a rotating schedule , one European Union (EU) Member State leads the work of the Council of the EU. On 1 January 2016, the Netherlands took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Luxembourg and will hold it until 30 June 2016, when the Presidency will be passed to the next trio partners Slovakia (from 1 July 2016) and Malta (from 1 January 2017). The Netherlands have already held the revolving  presidency of the Council of the EU eleven times between 1960 and 2004. 

The main priorities of the Netherlands Presidency’s six month programme are: 1) migration and international security; 2) creating growth and jobs through innovation; 3) sound finances and robust Eurozone; and 4) forward-looking climate and energy policy. These broad priorities are in line with the Council’s June 2014 Strategic agenda for the EU.

CESAER will be following with great interest a number of issues and activities that are of particular concern to Universities of Science and Technology, such as:

  • ESFRI: On 10 March 2016, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) will present the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a one-day conference in Amsterdam. ESFRI identifies Research Infrastructures (RIs) of pan-European scope that meet the long-term needs of European researchers across all scientific areas. 
  • Research: Europe needs to become more innovative, for example by creating a single European Research Area. To this end, the Council launches initiatives, harmonises national policy and allocates funding from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The Netherlands is focusing on the following:
    • effective investment in research and innovation (evaluation of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7))
    • rules that encourage research and innovation
    • access to scientific knowledge, publications and research data for everyone: Open Science.
  • Education: During the Dutch Presidency of the EU, the ministry of Education, Culture and Science organizes a conference on the future of higher education in Amsterdam on March 9. During the regular meeting of directors-general of higher education on 11 and 12 April, the directors-general will discuss the updating of the European Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education. The meeting will focus on the skills students will need to acquire in preparation for the changing labour market of the future.

More information on the Netherlands Presidency’s priorities can be found on the Presidency website

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