Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU
According to Art. 16. par. 9 of the Treaty on European Union the Presidency of the Council of the European Union rotates among the member states every six months. On 1 July 2018, Austria will take over the Presidency from Bulgaria, which marks Austria’s third time (after 1998 and 2006) in this role. The Council presidency will have the motto “A Europe that protects” and shall focus on a number of key issues. These include the Brexit and the multiannual financial framework beginning in 2020, which is to be newly determined.
Probably the most substantial issue concerning Austria’s Presidency will be the fight against illegal migration as well as commitment for more security in Europe. Beyond that, the aim is to complete a connected digital single market. Finally, the security situation in the neighbouring states shall be strengthened and the integration of the Western Balkans be furthered. Austria views its role during the Council presidency as that of a bridge builder with the aim to be a neutral broker contributing to the unity within the European Union.