In 2017, Estonia will hold 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 begins on 1 July 2017. Estonia will take over the presidency from Malta and pass it on to Bulgaria. Bulgaria will hold the Presidency during the first half of 2018, and Austria during the second half. Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria will form the presidency trio.
During the Presidency period, the Government of the Republic will also bear great responsibility. It will organise the work of the Council during the Presidency: chair sittings, convene meetings, propose and broker compromises, conclude agreements, etc.
The Parliament of Estonia the Riigikogu will also have an important role. The Riigikogu contributes 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 supporting the achievement of the Government’s negotiation results in the Council.
All conferences are public and can be followed online.
|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 brings 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.|