Slovenian EU Presidency

The Presidency of the Council of the EU is shared among the national governments of the Member States, transferring from one Member State to another every six months, on 1 January and 1 July each year. The office of the Presidency comes with significant responsibility: the host Member State chairs meetings of the Council of the EU, one of the EU’s major decision-making bodies, during its term. In addition, the Presidency is responsible for ensuring that Member States work in harmony, negotiating compromises when necessary, and at all times acting in the interest of the EU as a whole.

The Presidency’s programme of work is shared by three Member States (the ‘Presidency trio’) over an 18-month period. The Presidency sets out detailed goals that it wants to achieve during its period of office and, with the other Presidency trio members, longer-term objectives that could not realistically be achieved in only six months.

On 1 July 2021, Slovenia takes up the Presidency from Portugal. The members of the current Presidency trio — Germany, Portugal and Slovenia — will continue to work closely together to achieve the goals set out in its joint 18-month programme.

Under the slogan ‘Together. Resilient. Europe.’, the Slovenian Presidency focuses on facilitating the EU’s recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating the green and digital transition to create jobs and strengthen EU resilience. The ethical use and development of artificial intelligence across sectors also features on this term’s agenda.

Health is a key priority — reflecting on lessons learned from the pandemic, ensuring the availability of medical products, and improving living and working conditions for all.

A series of events are planned addressing occupational safety and health (OSH):

  • a webinar in September on protecting hospital workers as part of the Roadmap on carcinogens, with EU-OSHA’s Executive Director among the speakers;
  • a high-level conference, ‘Quality of Work for Quality of Life’, focusing on OSH and work-life balance, in October;
  • a Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) thematic day on COVID-19, also in October; and
  • an international conference in December, with topics including the 2021-2027 EU strategic framework on health and safety at work, telework and musculoskeletal disorders.

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