Italy’s presidency of the Council of the European Union

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Mr Renzi thinks to greater flexibility in EU budget rules asking that „growth to be a fundamental aspect of European policy.“ That means „there shouldn’t be a difference between large countries and small countries in the EU.“ He urged countries members of the EU to manifest strong unity saying that „a Europe without the United Kingdom would be less Europe, less itself” As another important goal, Mr Renzi identified migration as one of the key priorities of the Italian presidency, calling for a common European asylum policy. The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every six months. During this six-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council. The order of rotation is determined unanimously by the Council of the EU, based on the principle of alternating between “major” and “minor” member states.

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