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Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union marks start of a new Trio

July 1st 2011

The incomming Trio commits to building upon the equality commitments made by its predecessors

logo_prezydencji (Click to enlarge picture) A new Trio of Presidencies of the Council of the European Union with responsibility for the functioning of the Council of the Union European has begun with Poland.

Poland, who has taken over the reigns from Hungary, will hold the presidency from July – December 2011 and will be followed by Denmark (January – June 2012) and then Cyprus (July – December 2012).

The Trio have worked together to create an 18 month programme to guide their work.

Equality and non-discrimination in the Trio’s term

The Trio has highlighted the importance of the implementation of the social component of the Europe 2020 Strategy, improving the social and economic well being of citizens. Employment and poverty reduction will remain an important part of economic strategies, contributing to inclusive strong and sustainable growth.

Gender mainstreaming will be promoted across the range of activities taking place during the Trio’s presidencies. Specific actions will be undertaken in the areas of: women and the economy; gender equality and management; gender and educational choices; women and the environment and combating violence against women.

The trio has committed itself to the continued prioritisation of the Stockholm Programme, which states that “Measures to tackle discrimination, racism, anti-semitism, xenophobia and homophobia must be vigorously pursued”.

Work will be continued on the proposal for a horizontal Equal Treatment Directive and pursue the advancement of social and economic inclusion of marginalised groups. European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity will take place over the 18 month term of the trio.

Further Information

Polish Presidency Website

Programme of the Polish Presidency

Council of the European Union Website

European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity

Horizontal Equal Treatment Directive