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European Councils bring together heads of state and government in Brussels twice every semester. They are the most important events of any Presidency.
Luxembourg will chair the two Councils of the first semester 2005.
The European spring Council , to be held in Brussels on 22 and 23 March 2005, will focus on the actions to be taken by governments within the context of the various pillars of the Lisbon strategy.
At the June 2005 Summit, which will be held in Brussels on 16 and 17 June, the Luxembourg Presidency will seek to reach an agreement on the financial perspectives of the European Union for the period 2007-2013.
Bilateral Summits will also be held between the EU and Canada, Japan, Russia and the US respectively. These will provide an opportunity to mark a strategic stage in the relations with these countries.
Around 10 informal ministerial meetings will be held in Luxembourg. They will be organised by the Luxembourg Presidency, including in particular the informal Gymnich-meeting, the informal Ecofin-meeting, and the informal JHA-meeting. Details about these meetings, may be obtained from the calendar of events.
The Luxembourg Presidency will host a number of other important events, such as the 7th Euro-Mediterranean Conference, known as Euromed, to be held in Luxembourg on 30 and 31 May 2005. The conference will bring together foreign ministers of the EU and of those Mediterranean countries who have signed up to the Barcelona Process.
On 26 and 27 May 2005, another large-scale ministerial meeting will be held in Luxembourg between the EU and the Rio Group. It will bring together the EU and its Latin American partners, with whom relations are becoming increasingly closer.
Under the Luxembourg Presidency, the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, will pay his first visit to the Council of the European Union, in Brussels on 22 February 2005.
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