Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called 'trios'. This system was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. The trio sets long-term goals and prepares a common agenda 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.
The current trio is made up of the presidencies of the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.
Trio programme - Taking forward the Strategic Agenda
Malta together with its trio partners (The Netherlands and Slovakia) participated in the drawing up of a programme of Council activities for the 18-month period between January 2016 and June 2017 based on a set of priorities with the express intent of ensuring that certain issues will receive the appropriate attention.
In drafting the programme the three presidencies have been guided by the five priorities of the Strategic Agenda adopted by the European Council in June 2014.
A Union of jobs, growth and competitiveness;
A Union that empowers and protects all its citizens;
Towards an Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy;
About 2017 Maltese Presidency