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Hamburg presides the conference of the ministers of Europe

On 1 July, the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg took over the presidency of the council of the ministers of Europe (EMK).

Next to meetings in Brussels and Berlin, Hamburg will host a meeting of all German ministers of Europe in June 2015. In Hamburg, Wolfgang Schmidt, State Secretary, Commissioner for Federal, European and Foreign Affairs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, will be the senate’s official representative for all European matters. He will now presiding the conference of the ministers of Europe until summer 2015.

European politics in Hamburg

Simultaneously with the start of the Hamburg presidency of the conference of ministers for Europe, a new EU parliament will be constituted after the European elections of May 2014. The EU’s top jobs to be filled next in the coming six months, and members of the European Commission named. Then, the new EU Commission will present its work programme. These crucial developments will be accompanied by the members of the conference of ministers for Europe. Under Hamburg’s chairmanship, the European ministers will tackle European political issues that are important for Germany’s federal states such as the transatlantic trade and investment partnership agreements (TTIP), the development of the labour market in Europe and the European refugee policy. him


The conference of ministers for Europe was established on 1 October 1992. It consists of the 16 European ministers of German states, who meet two to three times times a year. The chair of the conference alternates between Germany’s states each year in alphabetical order. The term of office lasts from 1 July to 30 June. During its presidency, Hamburg will be home of the office of the conference of minister for Europe and organise all meetings.

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