Austria takes over presidency of the Council of the European Union

On July 1, 2018 Austria took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During its presidency, Austria intends to take on the role of bridge builder in Europe and reduce the tensions that have recently arisen. It is important to us to strengthen trust in the EU and ensure that the European Union can perform its big tasks,” said Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on the occasion of Austria’s takeover of the presidency.

‘A Europe that protects’
Under the motto of ‘A Europe that protects’, the Austrian government will focus on the following areas during its presidency: security and the fight against illegal migration, securing prosperity and competitiveness through digitalisation, and stability in the neighbourhood. The latter also includes the goal of supporting the continued efforts of the Western Balkan countries to move closer to the EU.

In addition, Austria will advocate strengthening the principle of subsidiarity: the European Union should focus on big issues requiring a joint solution and take a step back when it comes to smaller matters where the member states or regions are in a better position to take decisions.

Click here for the official website of the Austrian Presidency.

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