Fabian Demicoli

Public Dialogue: Programme and Priorities of the Danish Presidency of the Council of the EU

 On January 1, Denmark assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the seventh time since the country's accession to the EU in 1973.  The Danish Presidency is the second of the "trio presidency" that also includes Poland and Cyprus. The three successive presidencies work together over an 18 period to accomplish a common agenda with the current president continuing the work of the previous "lead-president" after the end of its term.  


Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's recently stated that "Now more than ever, we need to work together in the EU. We must dare to make difficult decisions. We must restore confidence, security and optimism. We must, therefore, work towards a responsible Europe." 

The four main priorities of the Danish Presidency will be to contribute to:

  • A responsible Europe
  • A dynamic Europe
  • A green Europe
  • A safe Europe




To present and discuss the programme and priorities of the Danish Presidency, the Embassy of Denmark and the Malta-EU Steering & Action Committee would like to invite you to a Public Dialogue that is being held:


 Venue: University of Malta, Valletta campus in St Paul's Street, Valletta

Date: Thursday, 19th January 2012

Time: 3.00pm


 Coffee will be served at 2.30p.m.

The programme and priorities of the Danish Presidency will be presented by Birger Riis-Jørgensen, Ambassador of Denmark to Malta. A discussion, moderated by PBS journalist Keith Demicoli, will follow in which Francis Zammit Dimech MP (PN), Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, George Vella MP (PL), Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Vanni Xuereb, MEUSAC Head, will take part.

It is our great pleasure to invite you to this event. Kindly confirm your attendance by contacting Brian Pace, MEUSAC on e-mail . It would be appreciated if your confirmation reaches MEUSAC offices by not later than noon of Wednesday, January 18, 2012.

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