Bulgarian 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.
Bulgaria has taken over the Presidency on 1 January 2018. The current Presidency trio (Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria) will continue to implement its 18-month joint programme.
The Bulgarian Presidency will focus on:
- Consensus, by enhancing the security of EU citizens and managing migration effectively.
- Competitiveness, by focusing on strengthening the single market.
- Cohesion, by investing in economic growth and jobs to ensure unity and solidarity.