The Trio programme is an 18-month plan of work prepared by an incoming group of three EU Council Presidencies and the Council Secretariat which sets out key objectives to drive forward the EU agenda. Ireland’s Presidency Trio partners are Lithuania (July -December 2013) and Greece (January –June 2014).
The Trio Programme promotes a coherent approach to planning the Council’s work over 18 months rather than just the 6 months of each Presidency. In this way, Presidencies can identify and develop longer-term priorities and strategies for reaching these objectives.
The main aims of the Ireland-Lithuania-Greece Trio programme are to stimulate growth, create jobs and boost EU competitiveness. The Trio Presidency programme was presented at the General Affairs Council on 11 December 2012 and included the following goals:
Strengthening the EMU through implementing economic governance mechanisms and European Semester.
Progressing work on ensuring EU financial stability, in particular on the Banking Union.
Concluding work on the 7 year EU budget framework Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020.
Delivering on commitments made in the Compact for Growth and Jobs
Improving competitiveness of EU industry with a focus on the competitiveness of SMEs.
Developing the Digital Single Market and the new Digital Agenda.
Advancing the Union’s Trade agenda by promoting free, fair and open trade, particularly EU-US.
Ensuring continued momentum of the Enlargement agenda.
Helping complete the Single Market by agreeing the remaining proposals of the first Single Market Act and working to progress proposals under SMA II.
Preserving the Union’s role as a leader on Development and Humanitarian Issues.
2013 will also be the Year of the Citizens, which will inform the approach of the first two Presidencies.
Read the full text of the Trio Programme.