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Over the first six months of 2013, Ireland will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will take an active role in the planning and chairing of Council meetings at every level. It is a very exciting time for Ireland as we celebrate 40 years of European Union membership.

Achievements of the Irish EU Presidency (January – June 2013)

Achievements of the Irish EU Presidency

January - June 2013

 

The Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union came to a close on June 30th 2013.

For information on the overall achievements and those specifically focused on youth and young people, please see the link below.

http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/Achievements_Irish_EU_Presidency_2013.pdf

NYCI would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked with us, who participated, supported, and volunteered during the Irish Presidency. We are very hopeful that many of the ideas, policy debates and Council Conclusions will positively benefit young people in Ireland and throughout Europe in the years to come.

EU Council of Youth Ministers Meeting

Today in Brussels, Minister Frances Fitzgerald chairs the EU Council of Youth Ministers Meeting as part of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
 
Two new EU policy positions are being agreed and these will form the basis for two sets of EU Council Conclusions. These are on:
 

EU Youth Conference

 

EU Youth Conference of the Irish Presidency

11 March – 13 March 2013, Dublin, Ireland

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The EU Youth Conference is an element of the Structured Dialogue process which brings together young people and policy makers across the European Union to jointly discuss and inform the development of youth policy at national and European level.

Youth Guarantee Roundtable June 2013

Youth Guarantee Roundtable Event

Dublin

June 2013

 

On June 12th we held a roundtable event ‘Youth Guarantee: From Vision to Reality’ to look at ways of tackling youth unemployment and in particular how to make the Youth Guarantee scheme a reality for young jobseekers.

The Youth Guarantee is a scheme that would ensure young people on the live register for four months or more have an opportunity of employment, education or training.

Damien English, T.D. Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise formally opened the day's proceedings.

The event was organised in partnership with the European Youth Forum to bring together representatives of Government Departments, members of the Oireachtas, state agencies, youth workers, youth and community organizations, academics and think tanks to look at practical responses to youth unemployment and in particular the implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme. We received support from the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

For detailed information, please go to: http://www.youth.ie/vision_to_reality

 

Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union

January 1st – June 30th 2013
Over the first six months of 2013, Ireland will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will take an active role in the planning and chairing of Council meetings at every level. It is a very exciting time for Ireland as we celebrate 40 years of European Union membership. Ireland is the first Team Presidency country for the next 18 months that also includes Lithuania and Greece. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all three countries the very best in the increased roles and responsibilities that they will take on from January 2013 through to June 2014 as their overall focus will be on further restoring economic stability across Europe and building strong foundations for lasting economic growth and sustainable jobs.
 
Valerie Duffy is the Youth Presidency Project Officer for the duration of the Irish Presidency. Valerie is based in the offices of the National Youth Council of Ireland and can be contacted at eupresidency@nyci.ie