The Presidency of the Council of the European Union

 
présidence polonaiseThe 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 current president of the European Council is the Belgian Herman Van Rompuy for a period of two and a half years.

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. A note worthy exception is the meetings of the ministers of Foreign Affiars, which are chaired by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

For efficiency's sake, the rotating presidencies are grouped by three to define their priorities. Ireland, Lithuania and Greece are the current "triplet" from January 2013 to June 2014. Their main objectives are to ensure a bigger economic growth and a lower unemployment rate.

For more information, visit the website of the Presidency of the EU today

Current presidency: Greece

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

 

Photo of the month

Photo of the month: Propose a photo

European diary


    • From 1 january 2015 to 30 june 2015

      Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

    • From the 1st of January to the 30th of June 2015, the presidency of the Council of the European Union is held by Latvia. Latvia succeeds Italy and precedes Luxembourg.

      For 6 months, Latvia will preside over the work of the Council of ministers of the member countries of the EU.
    • From 1 january 2015 to 31 december 2015

      Mons and Plzen - European cultural capitals

    • After Sweden and Latvia in 2014, it is now up to Belgium and the Czech Republic to shed light on the cultural influence of their two cities. Mons and Plzen were designated European cultural capitals for 2015. These two cities will offer a vast range of cultural events.

      For further information
    • From 1 january 2015 to 31 december 2015

      European year of development

    • With a focus on informing citizens of the EU and member states' development cooperation.