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Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the EU

From 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013, Ireland hosted the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This was the seventh time that Ireland has undertaken this important role. On this occasion, it also coincided with the fortieth anniversary of Ireland's membership of the EU.

The Presidency rotates among the 27 Member States of the EU every six months. The presiding Member State is responsible for advancing the EU's work agenda, and has an opportunity to shape and influence EU policy and legislation. The Presidency also represents the Council in its dealings with other EU Institutions, including the European Commission and the European Parliament.

The main priorities of the Irish Presidency were:
•    Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs and strengthening Europe's competitive advantage.
•    Restoring stability and confidence through effective economic governance for Europe.
•    Supporting growth and reform.
The national priority themes for the Youth Council Presidency were:
•    To promote understanding of the contribution of quality youth work (non-formal learning) to young people's development, well-being and social inclusion.
•    To maximise the potential of youth policy and youth services in attaining the goals of Europe 2020, in particular to addressing the youth employment challenge.


Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe - Web Site

Priorities for EU Youth Council Presentation to NationalAgencies 07.02.13

EU Youth Presidency - Contribution of Quality Youth Work

EU Youth Presidency - Maximising the Potential of Youth Policy

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