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03/07/2017

Estonia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU

© CE/EC  Flag of Estonia  6/12/2003

On 1 July 2017, Estonia takes over the Council Presidency from Malta.

Estonia hosts the first term of a new Presidency trio and will be followed by the Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies.

The Estonian Presidency’s focus is on protecting the EU’s core values, its economy and its people. Advancing Europe’s open and innovative economy, promoting digital services and ensuring sustainable employment — through skill development and reducing inequality — are some of its objectives.

Learn more about the Estonian Presidency

Watch the video ‘What is the Council presidency and how does it work?’