EU Council Presidency


Expertise in complex national politics will save EU Council agenda, Belgium claims

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As Belgium takes over the rotating EU Council presidency, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib said the country's experience with national political hurdles will guide the bloc through the many challenges of the upcoming six-month-long election run-up.


Belgium aims to close negotiations on EU open files, focus on bloc’s future

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Institutional reforms, competitiveness, and protection of the European way of life are at the heart of Belgium's EU Council presidency programme in the first half of 2024, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib unveiled at an …


Sánchez: Spain must ditch ‘peripheral’ role, offer EU leadership

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It is high time Spain imposed itself as a leading EU country instead of staying "at the periphery," Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told the national employers association on Friday (15 September), as the Spanish EU Council presidency published a paper …


Spanish boost for a closer Europe

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Today more than ever, the European Union needs to be a value-based project, as well as geographical and political player with the ability to ensure the prosperity of its citizens, in an increasingly competitive world, writes José Manuel Albares.

Global Europe 05-07-2023

Russia sanctions should remain a priority for Spain’s EU presidency

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With the recently adopted eleventh package of sanctions on Russia and Spain’s new EU presidency, Madrid should prioritise Ukraine, according to Gonzalo Saiz Erausquin. Gonzalo Saiz Erausquin is research analyst at the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at Royal …


How to stop Orban from running the Council? Scrap the rotating presidency 

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The best way to prevent Eurosceptic governments from damaging EU interests is to scrap the rotating presidency of the EU Council. It would also be an important step in the necessary reform of the EU,  writes Alin Mituta.


Spain requests Parliament to postpone EU Council presidency speech

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The Spanish government has requested the postponement of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s speech to present the country's EU Council presidency at the European Parliament, originally scheduled for 13 July, to the September plenary session. 


The Brief — The Swedish presidency puts its helmet on

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What do safety matches, aerated concrete, tetra packs, zip fasteners, ball bearings, adjustable spanners, seat belts, national identification numbers, baby carriers, dental implants, pacemakers and Bluetooth have in common?

Politics 10-01-2023

EU politics 2023 lookahead: A relative calm before the election storm

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As policymakers and governments gear up for the new year, EURACTIV summarises the key political developments to keep an eye on in 2023 - from two EU Council presidencies and major files on migration to national and European elections.

Technology 14-12-2022

Digital policy ranks low on Swedish EU presidency’s priority list

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The upcoming Swedish EU Council presidency published its political priorities for the next six months on Wednesday (14 December). Here is what can be expected in terms of digital policy. Sweden will take the helm of the EU Council for the …

Politics 08-11-2022

Czechia calls on EU to counter Russian propaganda in Africa

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The European Union must actively counter Russian propaganda in Africa, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský (Pirates, Greens/EFA) said at Monday’s meeting of Special Representatives for the Sahel regions in Prague. The meeting, organised by the Czech EU Council presidency, was chaired …

Technology 24-10-2022

Data Act: Czech Presidency seeks compromise on scope, data-sharing, public access

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The Czech Presidency of the EU Council circulated a new compromise on the first five chapters of the new data law.

Technology 28-09-2022

Czech Presidency zooms in on working methods of European digital identity

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The Czech Council Presidency has circulated a fourth compromise text on the European Digital Identity (eIDs), which EURACTIV has seen, ahead of Wednesday's (28 September) Telecom Working Party Meeting. 

Technology 14-07-2022

Uber Files gives new impetus to discussions on platform workers directive

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The ongoing negotiations around the future directive on platform workers, which could ultimately reclassify many of them as employees, could well gain momentum after the revelations of the Uber files highlighting affinity between Emmanuel Macron and the American company, and while France has been dragging its move the file forward in the Council.


Czechs take over EU presidency braced for ‘bad weather’

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The Czech Republic will take over the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union on Friday with all eyes on Ukraine, which has been battling Russian forces since February.

Energy 28-06-2022

EU ministers back 40% renewable energy target for 2030

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EU ministers provisionally agreed on Monday (27 June) to ensure the share of renewables in the bloc's energy mix reaches 40% by 2030 – despite the fact that the objective is now rendered outdated by new proposals tabled since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

Politics 15-06-2022

Ukraine, energy security top priorities for the Czech EU Presidency

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The Czech government presented its priorities for its upcoming EU Presidency on Wednesday (15 June), foregrounding the issues of Ukraine's EU candidate status, alongside energy security. EURACTIV Czechia reports.


LEAK: The five political priorities of the upcoming Czech Presidency

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Ukraine, energy security, defence and cybersecurity, economic and democratic resilience. These are the five subjects that top the political agenda of the upcoming Czech Presidency, as detailed in a draft internal document obtained by EURACTIV. The Czech Republic will take over …

Technology 07-06-2022

France proposes clarifications and additions in new rulebook for political ads

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The French Presidency of the EU Council has issued a compromise text on the legislation on online political advertising, clarifying the scope of the rules. 

Economy 07-06-2022

EU Parliament and member state negotiators agree on minimum wage directive

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In a success for the French presidency of the EU Council, negotiators from the EU Parliament, member state governments, and the EU Commission reached an agreement on the minimum wage directive.

Economy 06-06-2022

EU urged to quickly adopt plan boosting gender equality on boards, as talks continue

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EU lawmakers are working to strengthen the Commission’s proposal to ensure that women fill 40% of non-executive board seats of listed companies, while campaigners call for a swift adoption of the text before the end of the French presidency of the EU Council.

Health 20-05-2022

France’s newly appointed health minister in favour of ‘strengthening’ Europe’s health systems

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Brigitte Bourguignon was appointed France's new Minister for Health and Prevention in Elisabeth Borne's government on Friday (20 May). Olivier Véran, who she is succeeding, was appointed Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with Parliament and Democratic Life.

Technology 03-05-2022

French Presidency eyes general approach on governance framework for digital transformation

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The French Presidency is set to receive a mandate to initiate interinstitutional negotiations on the Path to the Digital Decade, a decision to set up a governance framework to monitor the progress of member states against the 2030 digital targets.

Health 08-04-2022

Trust, ethics lie at heart of health data sharing, health professionals say

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A more efficient sharing of valuable health data could improve our health systems significantly. But according to health professionals, this requires proper consideration of trust, ethics, and security.