Croatian 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 January 2020, Croatia takes up the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Following on from Romania and Finland, it aims to achieve the goals set out in the trio’s joint programme.

Under the slogan ‘A strong Europe in a world of challenges’, the priorities for Croatia’s six-month presidency are a Europe that grows, a Europe that connects, a Europe that protects and an influential Europe.

The Croatian presidency aligns with the European Council’s new strategic agenda for 2019-2024 and the political guidelines for the new European Commission.

The Presidency focuses on strengthening the digitalisation agenda and supporting the competitiveness of European industry and small and medium enterprises. Promoting equality between women and men, along with empowering women in society and on the labour market and creating better opportunities for young people are further goals to pursue.

The Croatian Presidency has declared its commitment to strengthening the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar sets out to ensure that all EU citizens have access to a wide range of rights, including health care, fair working conditions and pay, lifelong learning and a good work-life balance.

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