Their priorities will largely follow those of the Latvian’s Presidency, in line with the ‘Trio’s priorities’, set out before the Latvian, Luxembourg and Dutch presidencies. The formal priorities of the presidency include facilitating the creation of a strong regulatory framework providing European citizens with quick access to safe and high-quality medical devices, whilst promoting the innovation and competitiveness of the European market. The Luxembourg Presidency will oversee trialogues on the Medical Devices and In-Vitro Medical Devices Regulations. It will also focus on improved access to personalised medicine.
In order to conclude the development of the European Research Area (ERA), the Luxembourg Presidency will strive to improve the coordination and coherence of research policies at European and national level.
The upcoming Presidency will also give priority to digital technology with a view to implementing the digital single market. An approach based on the principle of ‘digital by default’ will be encouraged. The Presidency will promote initiatives in diverse fields including research and innovation (Big Data, Cloud Computing).
In order to overcome the existing legal and administrative obstacles that prevent the single market from deepening, the Luxembourg Presidency will encourage the use of the most effective regulatory and non-regulatory instruments, in particular harmonisation and mutual recognition, with a view to guaranteeing optimum legal certainty, reducing regulatory fees for companies and offering consumers the widest possible choice.
For more information: http://www.eu2015lu.eu/en/la-presidence/a-propos-presidence/programme-et-priorites/PROGR_POLITIQUE_EN.pdf