Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council: 1 July to 31 December
From 1 July to 31 December 2013 Lithuania holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time since the country joined the EU in 2004.
The Lithuanian Presidency is the second of the Trio Presidency with Ireland and Greece. The three members states have agreed on a common structure for the 18 months period.
Every Member State holding the EU Presidency has a list of tasks: setting up the EU priorities for the next six months, mediation and preparing ground for compromises among Member States, organising the work of the Council, organising and chairing meetings of committees and various working groups.
Lithuania's priorities are credibility, growth and openness. In the fields of Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, the Lithuanian Presidency will focus on:
- making higher education more international and financially efficient;
- devoting particular attention to youth employment and social inclusion;
- better quality and efficiency in education and training and inclusive vocational training, as well as conducting discussions on open educational resources and digital learning;
- involving young people in solving youth employment problems, listening to their offers and ideas and following them;
- enhancing and promoting good practices on the social inclusion of young people, with particular emphasis on young people not in employment, education and training (NEETs);
- promoting cross-sectorial cooperation as the underlying principle of integral youth policy;
- promoting cooperation in the youth policy field between young people from the EU and Eastern Europe and Caucasus countries;
- promoting public health through physical activity.