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Austrian EU Presidency


The Presidency of the Council of the EU is shared among the national governments of the 28 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.

Austria hosts the Presidency from 1 July 2018. The current Presidency trio (Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria) will continue to implement its 18-month programme.

Austria’s ‘Green Presidency’ will promote sustainability and focus on the wider issues of:

  • Security and migration.
  • Securing prosperity and competitiveness through digitalisation.
  • Stability in the neighbourhood countries.

In terms of occupational safety and health, the aim of the Austrian Presidency is to complete the negotiations on the amendment of the Carcinogens Directive as cancer is still the leading cause of work-related deaths in the EU.

EU-OSHA takes part in the conference “Reducing the burden of occupational cancer in the EU – a shared problem with common solutions” held on 24-25 September. The aim is to raise awareness of the risks arising from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace and exchange of good practices within the frame of its campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’ and the ‘Roadmap on Carcinogens’.

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