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EU Presidency

updated: 03. 03. 2010

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union plays a vital part in the organization of the work of the institution, notably as the driving force in the legislative and political decision-making process. It has to organize and chair all meetings and work out compromises capable of resolving difficulties.

The Council is presided over for a period of six months by each Member State in turn, in accordance with a pre-established rota (unless a new Council decision is taken):

  • 1996: Italy / Ireland
  • 1997: Netherlands / Luxembourg
  • 1998:United Kingdom / Austria
  • 1999: Germany / Finland
  • 2000: Portugal / France
  • 2001: Sweden / Belgium
  • 2002: Spain / Denmark
  • 2003: Greece / Italy
  • 2004: Ireland / Netherlands
  • 2005: Luxembourg / United Kingdom
  • 2006: Austria / Finland
  • 2007: Germany / Portugal
  • 2008: Slovenia / France
  • 2009: Czech Republic / Sweden
  • 2010: Spain / Belgium

 

Planned future EU Presidencies:

  • 2011: Hungary / Poland
  • 2012: Denmark / Cyprus
  • 2013: Ireland / Lihuania
  • 2014: Greece / Italy
  • 2015: Latvia / Luxembourg
  • 2016: Holland / Slovakia
  • 2017: Malta /  United Kingdom
  • 2018: Estonia / Bulgaria
  • 2019: Austria / Romania
  • 2020: Finland