Latvia takes over EU presidency from Italy 

The Prime Minister of Latvia, Laimdota Straujuma, will debate the incoming Latvian EU presidency's priorities with MEPs at 9.00 on Wednesday morning. The House will review the outgoing presidency with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday morning.

The three-hour Wednesday morning debate is likely to focus on the strategic priorities announced by the Latvian presidency, focusing on a 'competitive, digital and engaged' Europe. This is Latvia's first stint at the helm of the EU since it joined the Union in 2004. It took over the six-month rotating presidency from Italy on 1 January.

Procedure: Council and Commission statements

Debates: Tuesday, 13 January (Italian presidency)

Wednesday, 14 January (Latvian presidency)

Press conferences:

- Prime Minister of Latvia, Laimdota Straujuma and EP President Martin Schulz on Wednesday, 14 January - 12.00

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