Between July 1 and December 31, 2021, Slovenia is holding the presidency of the Council of the EU for the second time as an EU Member State and in its 30th year as an independent state, at a crucial moment when the EU is adopting important packages concerning the green and digital transformation and the building of the EU’s resilience. Slovenia first held the EU Council presidency in the first half of 2008.
Under the slogan, ‘Together. Resilient. Europe.’, Slovenia will round off the work of the current Trio Presidency, which also includes Germany and Portugal, through its work programme, based on the EU’s Strategic Agenda for 2019–2024 and consistent with the 18-month programme of the Council, which covers the period of the Trio Presidency.
Slovenia’s work programme details its main priorities and guidelines for its presidency in the context of the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe and focuses on four priority areas:
i. The resilience and recovery of the EU.
ii. The Conference on the Future of Europe.
iii. A union of the European way of life, the rule of law and the same criteria for all.
iv. A credible and secure EU, capable of ensuring security and stability in its neighbourhood.
The full programme of the Slovenian Presidency is found here.
Functions of EU Council Presidencies
EU Council presidencies are responsible for managing the EU Council’s work. This means that it organises and chairs the meetings of its working bodies and seeks to align different positions of the 27 Member States regarding legislative proposals and other matters. It is important that it acts as an honest and neutral broker.
1. Organising and chairing meetings
The presidency organises and chairs meetings at different levels, from working groups and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ministerial meetings. The ministers of the country holding the presidency chair the meetings of all Council configurations, except the Foreign Affairs Council. At the meetings, the presidency ensures that discussions are conducted properly and that the Council’s rules of procedure and working methods are correctly applied.
2. Representing the Council in relations with other EU institutions
The presidency represents the Council in relations with other EU institutions, in particular the European Commission and the European Parliament. Its role is to try and reach an agreement on legislative proposals through trialogue, informal negotiation meetings and Conciliation Committee meetings.
The presidency works closely with its co-legislator, the European Parliament. At the beginning of its term, the presidency presents its work programme to the members of the European Parliament (MEPs), and at the end, reports on the work carried out.
The presidency works closely with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission to represent the EU at the international level.
3. Trio presidency
The Member States holding the presidency of the EU Council work closely together in groups of three, known as the trio presidency. The trio sets long-term objectives and draws up a joint programme determining the topics and major issues that will be addressed by the Council over an 18-month period. On the basis of this programme, each of the three Member States prepares its own six-month programme of the presidency.
Slovenia is the last in the current trio presidency with Germany and Portugal.« Back