EU PRESIDENCIES

 

The system which regulates the operation of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union was introduced in 2009 by the Treaty of Lisbon. The Presidency is chaired alternatively by all Member States, each one for a six-month period, from January to June and from July to December.

The Member States entrusted with the Presidency cooperate in groups of three. Each group sets the long-term objectives and the common agenda for the following eighteen months. During this period, each Member State carries out its own six-month agenda. The Member State in charge of the Presidency chairs all the meetings of the Council.

The in-office group is made up of Romania, Finland and Croatia.

Presidency in office: Finland

The main objectives set by Finland for its Presidency semester under the official claim “sustainable Europe, sustainable future are:

  • Strengthening the EU common values and the rule of law;
  • Ensuring a competitive and socially inclusive EU;
  • Fostering the EU position as world leader in the fight against climate change;
  • Protecting the security of EU citizens.

Finland will be the first country to transpose these four priorities in the 2019-2024 strategic agenda.

The turn-taking of the Presidencies

2020

first semester

Croatia

 

second semester

Germany

2019

first semester

Romania

 

second semester

Finland

2018

first semester

Bulgaria

 

second semester

Austria

2017

first semester

Malta

 

second semester

Estonia

2016

first semester

Netherlands

 

second semester

Slovakia

2015

first semester

Latvia

 

second semester

Luxemburg

2014

first semester

Greece

 

second semester

Italy

2013

first semester

Ireland

 

second semester

Lithuania

2012

first semester

Denmark

 

second semester

Cyprus

2011

first semester

Hungary

 

second semester

Poland

2010

first semester

Spain

 

second semester

Belgium

2009

first semester

Czech Republic

 

second semester

Sweden

2008

first semester

Slovenia

 

second semester

France

2007

first semester

Germany

 

second semester

Portugal

2006

first semester

Austria

 

second semester

Finland

2005

first semester

Luxemburg

 

second semester

Great Britain

2004

first semester

Ireland

 

second semester

Netherlands

2003

first semester

Greece

 

second semester

Italy

2002

first semester

Spain

 

second semester

Denmark

2001

first semester

Suede

 

second semester

Belgium

2000

first semester

Portugal

 

second semester

France

 

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