Estonia assumed the presidency of the European Council on the 1st of July. A position it will hold for six months. This is the first time Estonia has held the rotating presidency. More information on what the role involves is available here. The motto of the Estonian Presidency is “Unity through balance” reflecting its belief that the EU’s role is to find a balance between different views, traditions and interests in Europe to achieve the best possible outcome for European citizens. The four priorities identified by the Estonian government for its presidency are:
an open and innovative European economy;
a safe and secure Europe;
digital Europe and free movement of data;
an inclusive and sustainable Europe.
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Malta will hold the rotating EU Council presidency from January to July 2017. This is the first time Malta has held the presidency. More information on what the role involves is available here. The six priorities identified by the Maltese government for its presidency are:
A briefing note from the European Parliament Think Tanks looks at these priorities and at other ongoing issues the European Parliament will need to address during this time.
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