Priorities of Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Priorities of Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Over the period 1 July – 31 December 2018 Bulgaria will, for the first time, take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The country will play an active role in forging European legislation, in formulating priorities and in guaranteeing continuity of the EU agenda, as well as representing the interests of the member countries.
To compensate for the absence of continuity in the work of individual countries, when the Lisbon Treaty entered into force a triple-shared presidency was established which drafts a general 18-month programme. Before Bulgaria, the “trio” included Great Britain and Estonia.
For Bulgaria, the four principal spheres in which the country will formulate detailed priorities and set down legislative dossiers are: “EU – A union of jobs, growth and competitiveness”, “Migration and security”, “Efficient energy union and climate policy” and “EU on the world arena”.
“The proposals we made will now be discussed by the “trio”, of which we are a member,” said Meglena Kuneva, national coordinator of the country’s presidency in an interview for Radio Bulgaria. “We shall have to wait until the time when we shall be able to announce what the priorities are, on behalf of the three countries. The “trio” will make the general proposal – the first Great Britain – Estonia – Bulgaria meeting has already taken place in Sofia. The programme structure and the deadlines will be set down by July, after consultations with the Council General Secretariat. By the end of the year the teams from the three countries will finalize the draft of the general programme, including the legislative dossiers and the events the presidencies will be working on. The priorities are selected out of the ten priorities of the European Commission and the European Parliament, to which the Council has agreed.”
In the words of Meglena Kuneva, Bulgaria is well positioned in all four spheres the country has proposed.
 
 
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