The refugee crisis: Dutch EU presidency’s main priority

© European Union, 2016

Handshake between Mark Rutte, on the right, and Jean-Claude Juncker, next to the Dutch National Maritime Museum. 

The Netherlands took over the rotating presidency of the European Union for the next six months


The Dutch government presented last week the program of the country’s EU presidency: migration and security; innovation and job creation; a strong Eurozone; and environmental sustainability are the main priorities.
The Dutch EU presidency comes at a time of major challenges facing Europe at its borders, as well as internally. The refugee crisis, the difficulties in keeping together the Schengen area of free movement, the risk of a possible Brexit, the referendum on the EU Association Agreement ...


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