The Presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, driving forward the Council's work on EU legislation and fostering the cooperation among Member States, thus, ensuring the continuity of the EU agenda and achievement of common goals. To do this, the Presidency must act as an honest and neutral broker.
The main tasks of the Presidency are to:
Organise Council’s work and chair meetings at all levels -
There will be around 1500 meetings of different levels in Brussels and Luxembourg as well as around 200 meetings in Malta during the Presidency. Presidency chairs:
EU Council’s meetings (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council);
Meetings of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER);
Meetings of working parties and committees.
The Presidency ensures that discussions are conducted properly and that the Council’s rules of procedure and working methods are correctly applied.
Represent the Council in relations with the other EU institutions and globally -
The Presidency represents the Council in relations with the other EU institutions; it cooperates with other Member States and General Secretariat of the EU Council, the Commission, European Parliament and the President of the European Council. The Presidency represents the Council also outside the EU.
The Presidency of the Council of the EU is not all about politics. It is a responsibility and a unique opportunity for all member states to work together, expand borders of cooperation, and raise awareness of each other. Rotating presidencies is an opportunity to get to know European diversity in order to grow stronger together and to govern, organize and influence our futures better.
About 2017 Maltese Presidency