Flanders and the EU Presidency
As I have already written in my previous post on the Belgian priorities for the EU, as far as health care is concerned, from today to the end of the year Belgium presides the Council of the European Union for the twelfth time. As probably many of you already know, Belgium is a federated state, where the Flemish region is one of the main regions together with the Vallonic one. Therefore, Flanders is an important player; Flemish Ministers will preside the Council of Ministers of: Fisheries, Environment, Education, Youth and Sport.
For this reason, it is interesting to have a look to the five Flemish priorities for the EU that I believe to be of interest for the developing world blog.
The five priorities
- the European 2020 strategy;
- social inclusion within the frame of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion;
- climate, energy, and environment;
- the essential role of the regions within the EU and a greater involvement of its (young) citizens;
- sustainable development.
Therefore, they seem to be very interesting not only for the EU, but also for the world and for the role that the EU has in the world in these issues. But only the next months will show us how the Presidency will materialize these policies.