A strong & robust EU

The Netherlands has identified five central themes which should be given priority in the EU: migration, security, a strong and sustainable economy that offers protection, climate policy and protecting values and interests abroad. Next to these five priorities the Netherlands considers that EU governance and the functioning of the EU should also be embedded in the Strategic Agenda, to chart the course towards a future-proof, effective and robust European Union.

The Netherlands has identified five central themes which should be given priority in the EU: migration, security, a strong and sustainable economy that offers protection, climate policy and protecting values and interests abroad. Next to these five priorities the Netherlands considers that EU governance and the functioning of the EU should also be embedded in the Strategic Agenda, to chart the course towards a future-proof, effective and robust European Union.
More on each of the six Dutch key priorities can be found on the pages below. Additional documents, policy papers and graphics will be shared here.

Toolkits

All sub-themes

Migration

In 2015, an unprecedented number of persons entered the EU irregularly; fleeing conflict, seeking protection, or looking for better opportunities. Since 2015, much has been done to bring flows of irregular migration under control.

EU Security

Europe is facing major and complex challenges in the area of internal security. Considering the cross-border dimension and effects and impact on our citizens, societies and economies, strengthening security is a joint endeavour of the European Union and its Member States.

Sustainable European Economy

Strong cooperation between EU countries and a policy of open markets, enable the EU to become one of the most prosperous, most competitive and successful economies in the world. It is important to keep an open economic outlook and make use of the EU’s strengths to take on challenges facing the world today.

Climate Policy

Climate change is one of the largest global challenges the EU faces. Living up to the Paris agreement means European climate neutrality by 2050. This target must be accompanied by concrete policy measures and all sectors have a role to play in achieving it.

Interests and values abroad

The world the EU finds itself in in the years to come, poses great challenges. Current social and economic developments call for a European Union that safeguards European values and interests abroad and defends the rules-based multilateral order.

EU governance

The rule of law, the functioning of the EU institutions and agencies, subsidiarity and transparency are, amongst others, essential for a well-functioning EU and should be included in the Strategic Agenda.