The Presidency of the Council of the European Union

 
The presidency of the Council of the European Union, also known as the presidency of the European Union (EU), is taken in turn by each of the 28 countries of the European Union, according to a rotation system for a predetermined period of six months. The order of rotation is determined unanimously by the Council of the EU, based on the principle of alternating between "major" and "minor" member states. The presidency change takes place on January 1st and July 1st each year.

With the enactment of the Treaty of Lisbon, the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union is coupled with a stable presidency of the European Council.

The Council of the European Union meets to discuss specific subjects, and each member state is represented by a minister.Conseil européen de Strasbourg 8 et 9 décembre 1989 Its rotating presidency decides the political agenda and chairs the discussions between the various ministers such as the minister of finance, the minister of the interior, etc.

For efficiency's sake, the rotating presidencies are grouped by three to define their priorities.


Photo: European Council in Strasbourg on 8 and December 9, 1989 © European Communities

For more information about the presidency of the Council of the European Union , visit the website of the European Council - Council of the European Union


 
 

Current presidency

 
 
logo presidence estonienne
 
The Estonian EU Presidency 2017 : 1st July - 30 December 2017
website of the Presidency of the EU today

Council presidencies up to 2020

Bulgaria : January-June 2018
Austria : July-December 2018
Romania : January-June 2019
Finland : July-December 2019
Croatia : January-June 2020
Germany : July-December 2020
 

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    • 1 december 2017

      Romania National Day

    • Greater Romania emerged on December 1st, 1918 with the union of various regions.
      Because of the decline of Russia and Turkey due to the effects of the World War I and because of the dissension in the Austria-Hungarian Empire, the combining regions of Transylvania, Bessarabie and Bucovine created Greater Romania.

      And since the realization of Greater Romania, the 1st December is a day of commemoration and the romanian National Day.
    • 2 december 2017

      International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    • The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others of 2 December 1949).
    • 5 december 2017

      International Volunteer Day

    • The International Volunteer Day was adopted by the General Assembly of the UN in 1985. Since then, it has had a strategic value: most of the countries have orientated the volunteering actions towards the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals, a set of objectives and headlines to defeat hunger, illness, illiteracy, the deterioration of the environment and violence against women.