By the start of the Presidency, Slovenia, like any presidency, has to draw up a programme framework consisting of the following:
- an 18-month programme of the Trio,
- a 6-month programme of the Presidency, including Presidency priorities, and
- preliminary agendas for every Council configuration during the Presidency.
In order to ensure the smooth work of the Council, three consecutive presidency countries (i.e. the Trio) set long-term goals and draft 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 countries prepares its own more detailed 6-month programme.
Slovenia will again work together in the Trio with Germany (presidency of the second half of 2020) and Portugal (presidency of the first half of 2021). The 18-month programme of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia was presented at the video conference of ministers for European affairs on 16 June 2020. Addressing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and getting Europe's societies and economies back to full functionality constitute the top priority of the 18-month programme. The Trio intends to adopt measures that foster sustainable and inclusive growth, while integrating the green transition and the digital transformation. One of the priorities will be improving Europe's resilience by developing plans for tackling emergencies such as pandemics, global cyber-attacks or migration pressures. Moreover, the Trio will pursue an ambitious neighbourhood policy towards the East and the South, including the reaffirmation of the EU-perspective of the Western Balkans.
The 6-month programme is divided into two parts. The first part covers an overview of all issues to which the particular presidency wants to give special attention while leading the Council. These are the presidency priorities. The second part, which is considerably more extensive, largely follows the "inherited" agenda. This concerns the acts that are already on the Council agenda or will be submitted by the European Commission during the presidency. Upon assuming the function, the presidency country presents the programme to the European Parliament and the general public.
At the strategic level, the consideration of priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU must be based on the situation and trends in the EU and Slovenia’s expectations concerning a better community that will facilitate the achievement of our development goals in the EU.
The Slovenian Government will adopt the first draft of the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU by the beginning of September 2019.