In 2017, Estonia held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time. The primary responsibility of the Presidency is to organise the work on EU legislation and to shape the institution’s policy through the Council’s levels of decision-making.
All Member States take turns to preside over the work of the Council for six-month periods on the basis of an agreed schedule. Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union began on 1 July 2017. Estonia took over the presidency from Malta and passed it on to Bulgaria. Bulgaria holds the Presidency during the first half of 2018, and Austria will hold it during the second half. Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria form the current presidency trio.
In April 2017, in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, the speakers of the Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian parliaments signed an agreement for closer cooperation during their trio presidency of the Council of the EU.
The Riigikogu contributed to the Presidency first of all through parliamentary events involving both the national parliaments of the Member States and the European Parliament, with a view to encouraging participants to work together towards a stronger parliamentary engagement in the EU and supporting the achievement of the Government’s negotiation results in the Council.
The parliament holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of a calendar year will hold the Presidency of the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments and organise the meeting of the Secretaries General and Conference of Speakers in the first half of the following calendar year. The Riigikogu therefore holds these two events in 2018.
The conferences of the Parliamentary Dimension are public and can be followed online. All photos, broadcasts and video summaries regarding the events can be found on our website.
Declaration of Cooperation
|9–10 July 2017||Meeting of COSAC chairpersons that brings together the chairpersons of the parliamentary European Union Affairs Committees of the Member States. For more detailed information, read here.|
|7–9 September 2017||Interparliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP), joint meeting of the committees of national parliaments dealing with the Common Foreign and Security Policy. For more detailed information, read here.|
|21–22 September 2017||Interparliamentary conference of the chairpersons of the economic affairs committees “European Transport Connections”. For more detailed information, read here.|
|30–31 October 2017||Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the EU (SECG), meeting of the finance committees of the parliaments of the Member States. For more detailed information, read here.|
|26–28 November 2017||COSAC Plenary Meeting that brought together the delegations of the parliamentary European Union Affairs Committees of the Member States. For more detailed information, read here.|
|28–29 January 2018||Meeting of the Secretaries General of Parliaments of the European Union. For more detailed information, read here.|
|22–24 April 2018||Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments. For more detailed information, read here.|