From 1 January to 30 June 2016, the Netherlands holds the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union. The Netherlands is the firts of the Trio and in close coordination with the EU Presidency of Slovakia (July-December 2016) and Malta (January-June 2017). The Netherlands holds the Presidency for the 12th time. The Dutch want a Europe that focuses on the essentials (a clear task division between the member states and the EU institutions), an innovative union focused at growth and jobs and a better connection between the institutions in Brussels and the 500 million citizens. One of the objectives of the Dutch EU Presidency is to adopt a declaration "Pact of Amsterdam" establishing the Urban Agenda for the EU, its priorities and working methods.