NetherlandspresidencyThe Netherlands holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2016 and has presented, together with the Slovak and Maltese Presidencies that will follow, the Council's work programme for the period to June 2017.

As stated on the Netherlands Presidency’s website homepage, ‘it wants a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates growth and jobs through innovation, and connects with civil society.’

The EU Presidency Trio states in its programme that ‘inclusive, smart and sustainable growth, jobs and competitiveness remain the top priority over the next 18 months.’

Elaborating, the programme talks about ‘creating new green jobs’ and ‘promoting a climate in which SMEs thrive’ resulting in ‘the potential for the Union to generate further growth and create jobs.’

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