The Dutch EU Presidency in 2016: results
The Netherlands’ Presidency of the EU has been marked by our emphasis on innovation, pragmatism and transparency. As Presidency holder the Netherlands has worked hard to bring member states together on such important issues as migration, safety and the internal market, an aim which resulted in concrete decisions. There was, of course, disappointment about the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom.
The refugee crisis was the most urgent issue to arise during the Dutch Presidency. Thanks to an integrated European approach, the number of people attempting the perilous crossing from Turkey to Greece has been reduced and the influx of migrants into Europe has become more manageable. We have also worked to strengthen the internal market, with the aim of fostering growth and creating jobs. Finally, specific steps have been taken to make Europe safer and more secure. We also sought to make the decision-making process more transparent and to actively get organisations, companies and people involved in EU cooperation.