Results of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU (January-June 2013)

 

A Presidency of Results - for Stability, Jobs and Growth

As the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union concludes, a 100-page Final Results of the Irish Presidency report has now been published.

Final Results of the Irish Presidency reportthis report outlines what has been achieved in partnership with our fellow Member States, Irish colleagues in the EU Institutions and other stakeholders.The report captures the legislative and cultural achievements of the Irish Presidency.

The report captures the legislative and cultural achievents of the Irish Presidency.

The report notes that the test for the Irish Presidency in respect of key policy priorities involved one simple but important question - will the Irish Presidency make a difference?

According to the report a six-month Presidency cannot alone transform the Union but a number of significant decisions have now been taken, many of them crucially supported by the €960,000,000,000 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the EU for 2014 to 2020.

Crucially, with growth levels in the EU still too low and unemployment far too high, the decisions made under the Irish Presidency offer a mix of short-term impact and longer-term value.

All these have been achieved with up to 200 policy commitments including more than 80 legislative instruments.

Real results – for stability

Major results were recorded in the drive to stabilise European economies and design a safer, stronger, better regulated banking system.

These included:

  • Banking stability through the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) and the Bank Resolution and Recovery legislation
  • ‘Two Pack’ economic governance measures agreed with the Parliament 
  • Effective operation of the European Semester.

Real results – for jobs and growth

Major results that contributed to jobs and growth included:

  • The 2014-2020 EU Budget (MFF): a € 960 billion investment programme across infrastructure, cohesion, education, research, agriculture and other key areas
  • Particular focus on youth unemployment: the agreed Youth Guarantee recommendation and, for the first time, up to € 8bn dedicated to tackling this issue, to be frontloaded into the early years of the 2014-2020 budget 
  • Progress on trade agreements, a key growth driver: EU-Japan negotiations underway and a negotiating mandate agreed for a historic EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  • Agreement on most of the legislative programmes which will deploy MFF funding, including Horizon 2020, the Common Agricultural Policy, the Connecting Europe Facility, LIFE, COSME and Erasmus+
  • Better access to public procurement opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the EU’s € 2 trillion public contracts market
  • Focus on high-potential sectors such as the digital sector, with major progress on data protection and e-identification legislation.

Download the full report here (in PDF format).