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Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2021

In the second half of 2021, Slovenia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the second time. We have already started the preparations for this very demanding project, as we have to ensure in a timely manner that all security, technical and logistics requirements for the organisation of meetings in Slovenia are fulfilled, along with designing activities for the promotion of Slovenia.

What is the presidency of the Council of the EU?

EU Member States hold the presidency of the Council of the EU (one of the main EU institutions, in addition to the European Commission and the European Parliament) according to a rotation system determined in advance. The presidency of each Member State lasts six months. Slovenia held the presidency for the first time in the first half of 2008; its next turn will be in the second half of 2021.

The key content-related task of the presidency country is to manage the work of the Council, particularly by directing the legislative work of the EU and formulating the joint positions of the Council regarding talks with the European Parliament as the co-legislator, as well as with the European Commission. The presidency must ensure compliance with legislative procedures and impartially direct harmonisation among the Member States. It is expected to act as an honest and neutral broker that does not emphasise its own national interests but strives for common solutions.

The content and scope of the legislation considered during a presidency depend on the EU Strategic Agenda initiatives of the European Commission. There are 500 to 700 legislative proposals considered during each six-month period. Statistically, one-third of all legislative proposals on which negotiations are held are adopted under the presidency of one Member State, as the regular legislative procedure takes one to two years on average.

Participation in the Trio Presidency

A Trio Presidency comprises the three Member States that assume the presidency of the Council of the EU in succession. To keep work and leadership as smooth as possible during this 18-month period and to pursue common EU policy objectives, the trio, in cooperation with other EU institutions, sets long-term goals and draws up a joint 18-month work programme and priorities. On the basis of this programme, each of the three countries prepares its own more detailed six-month programme.

Slovenia will again work together in the trio with Germany, which will hold the presidency in the second half of 2020, and Portugal, which will hold the presidency in the first half of 2021.