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PRIORITIES IN THE PROGRAM OF THE LATVIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

A meeting of the EU club to the Bulgarian chamber of commerce  and industry was held on 16/01/2015 with a topic the taking over of the presidency of the Council of the European union by the Republic of Latvia on the 1st of January 2015.

The honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Bulgaria professor Alexander Popov who is also the managing partner of law firm "Popov and Partners" made a short exposition regarding the program of the Latvian presidency and the priorities on which it shall emphasize.

More specifically the Latvian presidency shall focus on three main priorities:

 

  1. Competitive Europe

Europe needs to increase its competitive capacity by promoting the investments in new and competitive products and services. Only through the development of competitiveness of the sectors of industry and services, Europe can facilitate the creation of new work places and this way promote social intimacy. On the basis of its own experience Latvia knows that this is possible through efficient structural reforms and investment measures stimulating growth.

  • The main goal - generate jobs and economic growth in the EU

  • Tasks of the Latvian Presidency for a Competitive Europe:

    • Working on the Investment Plan for Europe
    • Continuing the work on strengthening the Single Market
    • Launching discussions and start work on the Energy Union
    • Promoting industrial competitiveness
  • Main Topics on the Agenda:

    • The Investment Plan – aimed at unlocking public and private investments in the real economy
    • Strengthening the Single Market – make progress on remaining Single Market Act II proposals, launch discussions on the expected Internal Market Strategy for goods and services
    • Enhancing the competitiveness of industry and related service sectors - better regulation will be a guiding principle
    • Establishing an Energy Union - energy policy built on solidarity, trust and security, focus on infrastructure, better governance, energy security and energy diplomacy
  1. DIGITAL EUROPE

The fast developing information technologies provide unprecedented possibilities which have the potential to stimulate an intelligent, stable and  incorporating growth for the EU. They also set up goals which have to be reviewed in regard to the correct use of these possibilities.

  • The main goal – develop the base for a truly digital Europe

  • Tasks of the Latvian Presidency for a Digital Europe:

    • To advance data protection
    • Work on the Telecommunications market package
    • Start discussions on the Digital Single Market strategy
  • Main Topics on the Agenda:
    • building a stronger and more coherent data protection framework – seek agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation and Directive
    • enhancing cybersecurity – implement the EU Cyber Security Strategy, finalize negotiations on the Network and Information Security Directive
    • facilitating initial discussions on the Digital Single Market strategy – eliminate online borders, build trust and confidence, remove restrictions, ensure access and connectivity, build the digital economy
    • seeking an overall compromise on the Telecommunications market package – find a balance between high-quality services and a reasonable cost for consumers
    • becoming digital by default – advance the digitalization of Europe, discuss digital skills, promote e-Government
  1.  ENGAGED EUROPE

The European Union has the responsibility to undertake the full and active role at the world stage. With conflict on the threshold of the EU, the situation with the neighbourhood present a challenge as always.

  • The main goal – engage in issues of global importance
  • Tasks of the Latvian Presidency for an Engaged Europe :
    • to facilitate the review of the neighborhood Policy
    • move forward with the transatlantic partnership
    • focus on post-2015 development goals
  • Main Tasks on the Agenda:
    • The European Neighborhood Policy with its Eastern and Southern dimensions -priority of the EU external relations, devote particular attention to the Eastern Partnership  
    • Strengthening the transatlantic partnership – conclude negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement by the end of 2015, advance EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement
    • The EU-Central Asia Strategy – enhance discussions on security, border management, energy supply, and educational exchange
    • Post-2015 development goals – focus on sustainable development, with an emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues
    • Remain committed to an EU enlargement policy