About: EU Presidency

Enlargement 03-05-2018

Defeating extremism in the Balkans

As a region deeply connected to the EU, the Western Balkans should no longer be forgotten. With Austria’s upcoming presidency of the EU, it is high time to reboot the region’s economic development and its integration into the Union, as well as recognise its progress in countering terrorism, writes Peter R. Neumann.
Enlargement 15-03-2017

Romania and Croatia declare support for more EU enlargement

Croatia and Romania share a similar vision on most European issues, including enlargement and the eastern partnership, according to the countries’ foreign ministers, who met in Bucharest yesterday (14 March). EURACTIV Romania reports.
Brexit 06-09-2016

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

In the wake of the Brexit vote, it remains unclear how aware Central and Eastern European countries are about the short and medium-term risks of the UK leaving the bloc and which strategies they should pursue to mitigate them, writes Ivaylo Iaydjiev.
Brexit 27-07-2016

Estonia to take over UK presidency in 2017

Estonia will take over the rotating EU presidency from the United Kingdom in late 2017 after London pulled out to focus on negotiations to leave the bloc, diplomats agreed on Tuesday (26 July).
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Reshuffle of EU presidencies expected very shortly

The rotating six-month presidencies of the Council of the EU will be reshuffled next week, as a result of Brexit, diplomats told EURACTIV.

EEB: The Slovak presidency must set higher climate and waste targets

Repatriating competences to the member states is not going to help citizens enjoy a better environment, Jeremy Wates tells EURACTIV Slovakia.
Brexit 24-06-2016

EPP vice-chair: ‘We have to be firm with the UK – no rotating presidency’

France should renegotiate the UK's Calais border deal, and Britain should miss out on the revolving Council presidency in late 2017, says Françoise Grossetête. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 01-06-2016

Worries mount as Slovakia prepares for EU presidency

The rotating presidency of the EU falls to Slovakia in July. But the latest pronouncements on Islam by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico have caused widespread indignation. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 04-04-2014

Brussels has become a Moloch, says Letta

Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said yesterday (3 April) that it was important to show to European citizens that the EU is not Brussels, adding that the former system of holding summits in the capitals holding the rotating presidency of the Union was better than the current system of having all summits take place in Brussels.
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15-01-2014

Samaras tells EU Parliament that Greece has delivered

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras defended on Wednesday Greece's turn to lead the European Union, as the country goes through one of the biggest crisis in decades. Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Samaras said that Greece has delivered on its commitments to implement fiscal reforms and that the country is slowly coming out of the crisis.
EU Priorities 2020 28-06-2013

Irish minister: Presidency restored Ireland’s reputation in Europe

The public in Ireland is proud of what has been achieved under Ireland's presidency of the EU Council after some tough years. For the Irish people, the presidency has given them a newfound sense of pride and restored a tarnished reputation, says Lucinda Creighton.
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Global Europe 03-07-2012

Cyprus takes on EU Presidency amid bailout talks

Cyprus began its 1st EU rotating Presidency on Sunday only days after it formally requested European financial aid. As the 5th eurozone country to ask for a bailout, Cyprus banks are hugely exposed to the Greek crisis. Cypriot officials said on Monday that the bailout request will not affect their management of Europe's agenda. As Cyprus holds talks with Brussels, it might also seek help elsewhere. Nicosia held discussions with Russia to get a bilateral loan of up to 6 billion euros. Already in 2011, Russia lent the Cypriot government over 2 billions euros.
Future EU 28-06-2012

Danes: Our EU presidency was a solid lunch

The Danes compare their 2012 EU presidency to one of the national dishes, the rye bread "Rugbrød" that many Danes eat for lunch: uninspiring but excellent for nutrition. But Brussels observers note that the Danes have been absent on major issues, including the eurozone crisis.
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Future EU 06-01-2012

Danish ‘Lego presidency’ could deliver lasting legacy for Europe

The Danish presidency of the European Union comes at one of the most difficult moments in the union's history. It's biggest challenge: Keeping the EU construct together. The financial crisis has driven a wedge between euro and non-euro countries, with David Cameron's UK seeking isolation from the rest of Europe at a time that the global economy is becoming increasingly interdependent. Denmark joined the EU in 1973, at the same time as the UK, and it's the 7th time that it now holds the EU presidency.
Future EU 22-07-2011

Will the Polish Presidency invigorate the EU?

Poland's optimism and Europhilia will be a boon to the EU in this time of crisis. But calendar constraints may limit Warsaw's achievements during its six-month presidency of the bloc, which is going through its most difficult period since its inception after the Second World War, writes Arsim Mulaku of the Kosovo Public Policy Centre.
Future EU 13-07-2011

Advisor: Polish Presidency wants new ‘European contract’

Poland wants to draw up a new 'contract' for the EU that would highlight the benefits of EU membership and redefine the joint responsibilities of member states, says Pawe? ?wieboda in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Poland.
Economy & Jobs 10-06-2011

The Polish EU Presidency: Budget and solidarity [Archived]

Paving the way for an "ambitious" agreement on the 2014-2020 budget, energy security and the European Union's Eastern neighbourhood are all key priorities of the Polish EU Presidency during the second half of 2011. The Poles, for their part, have pulled all the stops to ensure that the Union remains committed to redistributive policies at a time of economic austerity.
Central Europe 05-01-2011

Hungary’s turn as EU president

Hungary's EU presidency will focus on reclaiming some visibility for member states' presidencies after Belgium's turn – which saw the country move into the background to allow Herman Van Rompuy to lead as European Council president – and the contentious EU budget process for 2014-2020, writes global intelligence company STRATFOR in an analysis.
Future EU 24-12-2010

Despite crises, Belgium’s EU Presidency made strides

In terms of achievements, and despite internal political instability and a crisis in the euro zone, Belgium’s tenure as President of the European Union was a success.
Euro & Finance 24-12-2010

Doubts cast on Hungary’s economic savoir-faire

A credit rating near junk level, economic instability at home and a depreciated forint are weakening Hungary's credibility to steer the European Union as it takes the reins of the EU's rotating presidency on 1 January.
EU Priorities 2020 10-11-2010

Hungarian EU Presidency to kick off on energy

A European Council energy meeting will take centre stage next February after Budapest has taken on the rotating presidency of the EU for the first half of 2011. EURACTIV France reveals the key dates in the presidency's agenda.
EU Priorities 2020 15-09-2010

Hungary, Poland outline EU presidency priorities

Hungary and Poland have set out mirroring priorities for their terms as the next two holders of the EU's rotating presidency, calling for greater cooperation between Central European countries in dealing with EU affairs. EURACTIV.sk reports.
EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2010

Belgium, Hungary set EU presidency priorities

Spain, Belgium and Hungary have agreed a joint 18-month programme, beginning in January 2010, for their 'trio' of EU presidencies. The three countries pledged continuity for their stint at the EU helm, which is the first such 'presidency trio' to take place under the EU's revamped institutions. EURACTIV France reports.
Languages & Culture 05-01-2010

Spanish Presidency unveils ‘uncontroversial’ art installation

Spanish artist Daniel Canogar is today (5 January) set to unveil in the atrium of the EU Council's Justus Lipsius building an "uncontroversial" art installation, which will accompany his country's rotating presidency of the EU for the next six months.

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