the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
From 1 January to 30 June, 2005, Luxembourg will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, succeeding The Netherlands in this role. Thus, for the 11th time since the signing of the Treaties of Rome in 1957, the Grand Duchy will assume a key and influential role at the level of the institutional system of the European Union. For 6 months, our country will have three goals:
- Set the agenda, organize and direct the meetings of the Council;
- Represent and ensure the close collaboration of the Council with other European institutions such as the Parliament and the Commission;
- Represent the European Union on the international scene, including international organizations, meetings, and forums.
To mark the occasion of the Luxembourg presidency, a special booklet of self-adhesive postage stamps, The Colours of the Four Corners of Luxembourg will be released. Borrowing an element from a modern building, the first stamp represents the Capital but also the services sector which is incontestably one of the principal pillars of the national economy.
The second stamp represents rural regions with their small towns and villages. The Roman arches of the Echternach basilica also bear witness to the cultural and spiritual roots of Luxembourg.
The Moselle, here around Remich, is clearly a typical region of the country dedicated to viticulture. This third stamp captures and symbolises the countryside of Luxembourg.
The last stamp takes us to the south of the country with its typical rust colour. It clearly alludes to a time not so long ago when our country was characterised by a very strong iron & steel industry.
|Actual price of the booklet & Contents:||4,80 €, 8 self-adhesive A postage stamps (present value is 0,60 EUR, corresponding to the rate for sending a regular letter in the first weight class to a location inside Luxembourg)|
|Layout & Photos:||Concept Factory, Luxembourg-Bonnevoie ; Patrick Müller|
|Printing:||Photogravure (stamps) and offset (cover) by Joh. Enschedé Stamps, Haarlem, The Netherlands|
|Dimensions:||54.5 x 172 mm (open)|