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UN Security Council Resolution 1325 10th anniversary celebration PDF Print E-mail

In recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, on 9th September the EU held an event entitled: Ensuring Women's Participation in Peace and Security in Brussels.

This event was jointly hosted by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, and by the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Steven Vanackere. Among the speakers were Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women and Margot Wallstrom, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict.

WNC Commissioner Bea Campbell, Chair of the WNC Advisory Group on Europe and the Commonwealth, attended the event and has written a report. Click here for the 1325 Conference Conclusions

 
Belgian Presidency of the EU Council: July – December 2010 PDF Print E-mail

The Belgian Presidency will continue to advance the work programme agreed by the three countries of the Trio presidency: 

  • review the Lisbon Strategy so that the EU is better prepared to overcome the economic crisis, restore sustainable growth, a higher rate of employment and better competitiveness
  • better monitoring of the financial markets
  • broaden the social agenda and focus it on young people, on combating gender discrimination and fighting poverty
  • press forward on energy and climate change
  • make the EU a space for ever greater freedom, safety and justice (Stockholm programme)
  • set up a global European policy for immigration and asylum
  • set up a more consistent, effective external EU representation
  • place the emphasis on the defence of human rights and fundamental freedoms

 
Spanish Presidency of the EU Council: January – June 2010 PDF Print E-mail

The political programme of the Spanish Presidency included the issues which the Spanish government thought the EU should address as a matter of priority and which it wished to progress during the six months.

  • Consolidating Europe's social agenda, paying special attention to gender equality and the fight against domestic violence.

  • Promoting a People's EuropeGetting out of the economic crisis. The fundamental aims are restoring job creation and achieving a more competitive Europe, as stated in the Lisbon Strategy.

  • The European Union's energy security and the fight against climate change.

  • Enabling Europe to speak with its own voice on the international scene and promoting its common values, peace and well-being.Consolidating a safer Union for its citizens, responding to the challenges of immigration and constructing a shared space with judicial and police cooperation.
 
Presidency of the Council of the European Union PDF Print E-mail

The Presidency of the Council rotates between the member states on a 6-monthly basis.  The country which holds the Presidency has a number of key responsibilities: it ensures that the Council runs smoothly, chairs and directs discussions, tries to reconcile divergent points of view and formulates proposals for compromises so that decisions can be taken. The Presidency also plays an important role in negotiations with the other institutions of the Union, especially the European Parliament which, like the Council, has to give its assent to most European legislation. 

Trio Presidency 


The Spanish Presidency, which ran from January to 1 July, coincided with the beginning of a new phase for the EU, with a renewed Parliament and Commission and a new treaty in effect since 1 December. With this outlook, Spain, Belgium and Hungary drew up a work programme for the 18-month period during which they will hold the Presidency in succession, according to the new regulations which apply in Europe. 

It is the first ‘trio’ of presidencies to be formalised and perform its functions in accordance with the Treaty of Lisbon. The aim of this new procedure is to provide the work and initiatives of the EU with more continuity.

The work programme of the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies runs from January 2010 to June 2011 and is divided into two parts:

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European Women’s Forum Beijing +15 PDF Print E-mail

The Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January-June 2010) hosted the European Women’s Forum–Beijing+15 in the Palace of Congress of Cadiz on 4th- 5th February 2010.

 

The Event was attended by official delegations of the 27 Member States and a number of Ministers. Unfortunately the UK Minister Vera Baird, who was due to speak on the second day of the conference was detained in London on political business, and Barbara-Ann Collins, Director of the Women’s National Commission was recommended by the UK Government to speak for the UK. Barbara had been invited to join the Delegation as a representative of UK civil society, together with invited NGO representatives from across the EU.

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