‘Week of firsts’ during Netherlands Presidency

This week, as holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Netherlands is having a ‘week of firsts’. After the official launch on 7 January, the Presidency’s priorities will be presented to various committees between 11 and 17 January.

Chairing meetings and negotiating

In this first week, the Dutch ministers will be presenting the Presidency programme to various committees of the European Parliament. On Tuesday 12 January Prime Minister Mark Rutte will receive Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, the Vice-President of the European Commission. In Brussels, the Netherlands will also chair the meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee II (COREPER II).

Common Foreign and Security Policy

The first major meeting (the Political Committee) will be held in the Europe Building in Amsterdam on 12 January. This informal gathering of directors-general of political affairs is held during every presidency. The participants discuss developments in the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. The General Affairs Council (GAC) is the first meeting to be chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and is due to take place on 12 January in Brussels.