1st July 2013: Lithuania assumes the Presidency of the European Union

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Lithuanian_Presidency_of_the_Council_of_the_European_Union_2013_logo_horizontal_RGB.svgCredibility, growth and transparency: these are the objectives of the Lithuanian Presidency of the European Council. This small country (3.5 million inhabitants) located in northern Europe takes the Presidency of the EU Council for the first time since it joined, in 2004.

The priorities announced by the Presidency (http://www.eu2013.lt) include financial stability, economic and employment growth and opening the EU to foreign partners. They are in the same line as the priorities of Ireland, which assumed the Presidency until the end of June. The agenda of the Lithuanian Presidency is particularly intense as a “political cycle” will effectively draw to an end in 2014: a new European Parliament will be elected; there will also be a new EU Commission, and the new budget will come into force.

Concerning security and crime prevention, the issue tackled by the Presidency during the meetings of the European crime prevention network (EUCPN) is the prevention of intra family and domestic violence. On 12 and 13 September, there will be a meeting of the EUCPN in Vilnius. Representatives of the Member States will discuss existing strategies and actions on domestic violence, social care for victims, and mediation in the prevention of violence. EUCPN delegates will also visit centres and organisations that provide support to victims and respond to incidents.

The conference on good practices and the presentation of the European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) will take place on 11, 12 and 13 December 2013 in Vilnius. Efus has partnered with the Lithuanian Ministry of the Interior to organise this conference and will be responsible for the dissemination of its results.

Read here the EUCPN September Newsletter