20 Jul 2012
On 24 July, State Secretary Andris Teikmanis will
participate in a meeting of the General Affairs Council of
the European Union (EU) that will take place in Brussels.
The agenda includes three topics: the EU multiannual
financial framework for the 2014-2020 period, the results
of the European Council meeting of 28-29 June and a
presentation of the Cyprus presidency work programme.
During the meeting, the Cyprus presidency will provide
information on bilateral consultations with member states
that were held in order to discuss the process of
negotiations concerning the EU multiannual financial
framework and to learn the member state priorities. The
European Commission will present a technically revised
proposal for the EU multiannual financial framework that
contains the latest macroeconomic data for the calculation
of the allocations of the cohesion policy funding. At the
Council, Latvia will maintain its position on conditions,
which would ensure the cohesion policy funding for Latvia
at least in the amount of the 2007-2013 period, as well as
ensure a more rapid levelling-off of direct payments in the
framework of the Common Agricultural Policy.
At the General Affairs Council, it is also planned to
discuss the results of the European Council of 28-29 June.
This part will focus on three issues: situation in the Euro
area states, which are experiencing difficulties, and
immediate measures for the stabilisation of the situation,
the measures for stimulating growth in Europe to be put in
place in the mid-term at national and EU level and a closer
integration of the Economic and Monetary Union.
During the General Affairs Council, Cyprus will present its
presidency work programme "Towards a Better
Europe". The Cyprus EU presidency has defined four
priorities: an efficient and sustainable Europe, a
growth-based and better administered Europe, a Europe,
which is closer to its citizens and ensures social
cohesion, and a Europe that is closer to its neighbours and
The General Affairs Council meetings are held once a month
and in the second half of 2012, they are chaired by the