Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union: July 1st - Dec. 31st, 2019


On July 1st, 2019, Finland takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time since its accession to the EU in 1995. The Presidency rotates every six months and will be held by Finland in the second half of 2019 and by Croatia in the first half of 2020.

The motto of the Finnish Presidency will be “Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future”. Under this heading, the main priority topics for the Presidency are the following:

  • Common values and the rule of law
  • Competitiveness and a socially inclusive Europe
  • Strengthening the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action
  • Comprehensive protection of the security of European citizens

The protection of the security has both, an internal and an external dimension. While internally, the fight against hybrid threats needs to be continued, the Finnish Presidency wants to focus on a strong European External Action Service and supports the implementation of all security and defense related initiatives which have been kicked-off during the last years. A special focus on women and young people should guide Europe’s external actions.

Besides, the Presidency also aims to continue the work on legislative and policy files which are still under discussion such as Brexit and migration.

► To view program, click here

► More information about the Finnish Presidency can be found here.

► Press release, click here