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Let the presidency begin!
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Let the presidency begin!

01.07.2015 From our online archive
Luxembourg on Wednesday took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, with 237 EU meetings and summits scheduled to take place until December.

(CS/mt) Luxembourg on Wednesday took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, with 237 EU meetings and summits scheduled to take place until December.

While the presidency started on July 1, it will be celebrated with a big European picnic on Friday, July 3, from 4pm until midnight. Delicacies from around the EU will be served in Place d'Armes, at the Maison de l'Europe in Rue du Curé, in Rue des Capucins and in Place du Théâtre.

An official launch event with speeches is scheduled for 6.30pm.

Over the coming six months, more than 26,000 visitors and 6,875 delegations are expected for 237 meetings and summits. There are 89 cars at the ready to transport guests, with an estimated 221,700 litres of diesel and 91,695 litres of petrol budgeted.

Around 12,000 rooms at 25 hotels have been booked for more than 24,000 nights. Additionally, 170 dinners have been planned with 35 restaurants signed up for the job.

For the 12th Luxembourg presidency not only delegates from fellow EU member states will visit the Grand Duchy. For example, on November 5 and 6, Luxembourg will host the Asia Europe Meeting.

Luxembourg takes over from Latvia, with the Netherlands taking on the next presidency at the start of 2016.

To mark the start of the presidency, we take a look at some of the Luxembourg politicians who have helped shape the EU.