Here is a summary of the priorities of Ireland's Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers, as presented by Irish ministers to European Parliament committees. These presentations were all made in the week of 21-25 January, except for agriculture (31 January).
MEPs and experts debated the growing levels of debt among sports clubs, recent corruption cases and possible remedies at Tuesday's Culture and Education Committee public hearing on "Playing by the rules: financial fair play and the fight against corruption in sport".
Four young Europeans, Ana from Spain, Elena from Italy, Ilona from Poland and Larkin from Malta, will join EU leaders in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. They won the drawing and writing contest organised by the EU institutions, in partnership with the European Youth Forum, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace prize to the European Union.
The culture and education committee on Tuesday adopted the new YES EUROPE programme for youth, education and sport, merging all the EU programmes for education, training and sport and Erasmus for higher education. More than five million students, of all ages, should enjoy greater mobility and cooperation abroad thanks to €18 billion in EU funding for the years 2014 to 2020.
The selection procedure for next year's European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched on Thursday. The prize is awarded to young people who have been involved in projects to promote understanding between people from different European countries. The deadline for submitting projects for next year's prize, the sixth since it came into being in 2008, is 28 January 2013.
Internet safety must keep up with technological progress and the intensive use of the web by children, says the culture committee in a resolution passed on Tuesday. To protect children, MEPs call for improved controls for mobile phones, filtering software, better coordination of hotlines and better education in the digital world for parents and teachers.
The EU should initiate strict, even penal, measures, against doping, match-fixing and violence in sports stadia, and also set up a European data base listing people banned from stadia, says a draft resolution voted by the Culture and Education Committee on Thursday.
The selection procedure for next year's European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched on Thursday. The prize is awarded to young people who have been involved in projects to promote understanding between people from different European countries. The deadline for submitting projects for next year's prize, the fifth since it came into being in 2008, is 23 January 2012.
Symbolic sites for Europe's history or integration will be eligible for a voluntary European heritage label under a deal with EU Member States endorsed by the Culture and Education Committee on Wednesday. The scheme aims to promote educational activities and to raise young people's awareness of Europe's common heritage and identity. Special attention will go to "transnational" sites of pan-European importance.
MEPs issued a call on Tuesday for a range of measures to promote mobility among young Europeans and improve educational and training opportunities.