The presidency is returning to Luxembourg, a founding Member State that not only plays joint host to the institutions but, thanks to its pivotal position in the centre of Europe, in fact helped to create the fledgling predecessor of today’s European Union. The Grand Duchy will undoubtedly bring to bear its unique and successful experience both in genuinely integrating itself into Europe, and in integrating Europe within its borders.
The priorities for financial stability – growth, employment and a digital single market – serve only one purpose: that of bringing about a Europe of and for all Europeans. I know that the Luxembourg presidency wants to place special emphasis on the human, social and inclusive dimension of the EU and its single market. This is paramount if the European integration process is to be understood, accepted and supported by those who are in the front line, the people of Europe.