Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union - July 1- December 31, 2023


July 1 - December 31, 2023

On July 1, 2023, Spain took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will do so for a six-month period, until December 31, 2023. It is the fifth time since being a member of the EU (1986). Its motto is "Europe, closer."

Spain assumes the Presidency in the second half of 2023, from July 1 to December 31, in a period of great challenges for the Member States and the European Union as a whole. The Spanish Presidency has established four priorities for its semester.

The four priorities of the Spanish Presidency:

  • Reindustrialize the EU and ensure its open strategic autonomy.
  • Advance in the green transition and the environmental adaptation
  • Promoting greater social and economic justice
  • Strengthening European unity



The main lines of action during the six months of the Spanish Presidency are based on four priorities: reindustrialising the EU and guaranteeing its open strategic autonomy, advancing in the green transition, promoting greater social and economic justice, and strengthening European unity.

During its Presidency, Spain will promote institutional deepening and improved decision-making processes, as well as the enlargement of the European Union.

  • Support for Ukraine
  • Human and solidarity-based migration management
  • For a European Union that promotes health, culture and sport
  • Food security

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Trio Programm

During the second half of 2023, Spain holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Belgium and Hungary will hold the presidency in 2024. These three consecutive presidencies constitute the current "trio". Spain, Belgium, and Hungary have adopted a joint programme outlining the common priorities of the trio.

The trio of Presidencies - Spain, Belgium and Hungary - will work together to find common solutions to the challenges and tasks ahead. The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine combined with increasing global uncertainty require the European Union to enhance its resilience and strategic autonomy.

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