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EU Malta Council Presidency 01.01.-30.06.2017

From 1 January to 30 June 2017, Malta is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union - for the first time since the country joined the EU in 2004. Malta took over the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU from Slovakia, as part of the Dutch-Slovak-Maltese 'Trio Presidency'.

The Maltese EU Presidency priorities in the youth field are: the role of young people in the framework of the New Skills Agenda; the implementation of the main recommendations of youth conferences, the 5th cycle of the structured dialogue and the mid-term review of the Youth Strategy.

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Varna: European Youth Capital 2017

Varna, Bulgaria’s third-largest city, is the European Youth Capital for 2017. The European Youth Capital (EYC) title is awarded to a different European city each year by the European Youth Forum. Varna’s application pledged to make the city a “social hub” for young people, with “Innowave” the title of the year. During its EYC year, the city will focus on the development of social entrepreneurship as a tool for increased youth participation, sustainable employment, creativity, networking, exchange and education.

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