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Encyclopedia > Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Presidency of the Council of the European Union refers to the responsibility of presiding over all aspects of the Council of the European Union, when exercised collectively by a government, on a pre-established rota of the member states, of the European Union. The Presidency, which is sometimes informally called the European Presidency, has as its primary responsibility to organize and chair all meetings of the Council. However, working out compromises capable of resolving difficulties is in practice also a primary responsibility. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Established 1952 Presiding Country Portugal President Luís Amado President in Office José Sócrates Members 27 (at one time) Political parties 7, including: European Peoples Party Party of European Socialists Meeting place Justus Lipsius, Brussels, Belgium, European Union Web site http://www. ...


The post as President of the Council of the European Union is for each separate meeting held by the responsible government minister of the member state holding the Presidency. Separate from the Council of the European Union there is also the European Council, which meets at European summits at about four times per year. The task as President of the assembled European Council, is similarly performed by the head of government or head of state of the member state holding the Presidency. The President is primarily responsible for preparing and chairing Council meetings, and has no executive powers. A minister or a secretary is a politician who heads a government ministry or department (e. ... The European Council (referred to as a European Summit) is a body of the European Union which meets around four times a year. ... The Head of Government is the chief officer of the executive branch of a government, often presiding over a cabinet. ... Queen Elizabeth II, is the Head of State of 16 countries including: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand and the Bahamas, as well as crown colonies and overseas territories of the United Kingdom. ...

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Rotation

1958 to 2006

The Council of the European Union is presided over for a period of six months by each member state of the European Union in turn, in accordance with a pre-established rota unless the Council makes a new decision.

year half-year Presidency holder Website Responsible national minister Insignia
1958 Jan-Jun Belgium N/A Victor Larock N/A
Jul-Dec Germany N/A Siegfried Balke N/A
1959 Jan-Jun France N/A Maurice Couve de Murville N/A
Jul-Dec Italy N/A Giuseppe Pella N/A
1960 Jan-Jun Luxembourg N/A Eugène Schaus N/A
Jul-Dec Netherlands N/A Joseph Luns N/A
1961 Jan-Jun Belgium N/A Paul-Henri Spaak N/A
Jul-Dec Germany N/A Gerhard Schröder N/A
1962 Jan-Jun France N/A Maurice Couve de Murville N/A
Jul-Dec Italy N/A Emilio Colombo N/A
1963 Jan-Jun Luxembourg N/A Eugène Schaus N/A
Jul-Dec Netherlands N/A Joseph Luns N/A
1964 Jan-Jun Belgium N/A Hendrik Fayat N/A
Jul-Dec Germany N/A Gerhard Schröder N/A
1965 Jan-Jun France N/A Maurice Couve de Murville N/A
Jul-Dec Italy N/A Amintore Fanfani N/A
1966 Jan-Jun Luxembourg N/A Pierre Werner N/A
Jul-Dec Netherlands N/A Barend Biesheuvel N/A
1967 Jan-Jun Belgium N/A Renaat Van Elslande N/A
Jul-Dec Germany N/A Willy Brandt N/A
1968 Jan-Jun France N/A Maurice Couve de Murville N/A
Jul-Dec Italy N/A Giuseppe Medici N/A
1969 Jan-Jun Luxembourg N/A Pierre Grégoire N/A
Jul-Dec Netherlands N/A Joseph Luns N/A
1970 Jan-Jun Belgium N/A Pierre Harmel N/A
Jul-Dec Germany N/A Walter Scheel N/A
1971 Jan-Jun France N/A Maurice Schumann N/A
Jul-Dec Italy N/A Aldo Moro N/A
1972 Jan-Jun Luxembourg N/A Gaston Thorn N/A
Jul-Dec Netherlands N/A Norbert Schmelzer N/A
1973 Jan-Jun Belgium N/A Pierre Harmel N/A
Jul-Dec Denmark N/A Ivar Nørgaard N/A
1974 Jan-Jun Germany N/A Walter Scheel N/A
Jul-Dec France N/A Jean Sauvagnargues N/A
1975 Jan-Jun Ireland N/A Garret FitzGerald N/A
Jul-Dec Italy N/A Mariano Rumor N/A
1976 Jan-Jun Luxembourg N/A Gaston Thorn N/A
Jul-Dec Netherlands N/A Max van der Stoel N/A
1977 Jan-Jun United Kingdom N/A Anthony Crosland, then David Owen N/A
Jul-Dec Belgium N/A Henri Simonet N/A
1978 Jan-Jun Denmark N/A Knud Børge Andersen N/A
Jul-Dec Germany N/A Hans-Dietrich Genscher N/A
1979 Jan-Jun France N/A Jean François-Poncet N/A
Jul-Dec Ireland N/A Michael O'Kennedy N/A
1980 Jan-Jun Italy N/A Attilio Ruffini N/A
Jul-Dec Luxembourg N/A Colette Flesch N/A
1981 Jan-Jun Netherlands N/A Chris van der Klaauw N/A
Jul-Dec United Kingdom N/A Peter Carrington N/A
1982 Jan-Jun Belgium N/A Léo Tindemans N/A
Jul-Dec Denmark N/A Uffe Ellemann-Jensen N/A
1983 Jan-Jun Germany N/A Hans-Dietrich Genscher N/A
Jul-Dec Greece N/A Grigoris Varfis N/A
1984 Jan-Jun France N/A Roland Dumas N/A
Jul-Dec Ireland N/A Peter Barry N/A
1985 Jan-Jun Italy N/A Giulio Andreotti N/A
Jul-Dec Luxembourg N/A Jacques Poos N/A
1986 Jan-Jun Netherlands N/A Hans van den Broek N/A
Jul-Dec United Kingdom N/A Geoffrey Howe N/A
1987 Jan-Jun Belgium N/A Léo Tindemans N/A
Jul-Dec Denmark N/A Uffe Ellemann-Jensen N/A
1988 Jan-Jun Germany N/A Hans-Dietrich Genscher N/A
Jul-Dec Greece N/A Theodoros Pangalos N/A
1989 Jan-Jun Spain N/A Francisco Fernández Ordóñez N/A
Jul-Dec France N/A Roland Dumas N/A
1990 Jan-Jun Ireland N/A Gerard Collins N/A
Jul-Dec Italy N/A Gianni De Michelis N/A
1991 Jan-Jun Luxembourg N/A Jacques Poos N/A
Jul-Dec Netherlands N/A Hans van den Broek N/A
1992 Jan-Jun Portugal N/A João de Deus Pinheiro  ?
Jul-Dec United Kingdom N/A Douglas Hurd  ?
1993 Jan-Jun Denmark N/A Poul Nyrup Rasmussen  ?
Jul-Dec Belgium N/A Willy Claes  ?
1994 Jan-Jun Greece N/A Karolos Papoulias  ?
Jul-Dec Germany N/A Klaus Kinkel  ?
1995 Jan-Jun France N/A Alain Juppé  ?
Jul-Dec Spain N/A Javier Solana
1996 Jan-Jun Italy  ? Lamberto Dini  ?
Jul-Dec Ireland  ? Dick Spring  ?
1997 Jan-Jun Netherlands  ? Hans van Mierlo  ?
Jul-Dec Luxembourg  ? Jacques Poos  ?
1998 Jan-Jun United Kingdom  ? Robin Cook  ?
Jul-Dec Austria  ? Wolfgang Schüssel  ?
1999 Jan-Jun Germany  ? Joschka Fischer  ?
Jul-Dec Finland precidency.finland.fi Tarja Halonen
2000 Jan-Jun Portugal  ? Jaime Gama
Jul-Dec France  ? Hubert Védrine  ?
2001 Jan-Jun Sweden  ? Anna Lindh  ?
Jul-Dec Belgium eu2001.be Louis Michel
2002 Jan-Jun Spain  ? Josep Piqué i Camps  ?
Jul-Dec Denmark  ? Per Stig Møller  ?
2003 Jan-Jun Greece  ? George Papandreou  ?
Jul-Dec Italy  ? Franco Frattini  ?
2004 Jan-Jun Ireland eu2004.ie Bertie Ahern
Jul-Dec Netherlands  ? Bernard Bot
2005 Jan-Jun Luxembourg eu2005.lu Jean Asselborn
Jul-Dec United Kingdom eu2005.gov.uk Jack Straw (Foreign Secretary); Douglas Alexander (Minister for Europe)
2006 Jan-Jun Austria eu2006.at Ursula Plassnik
Jul-Dec Finland1 eu2006.fi Matti Vanhanen

1 Germany was due to succeed Austria in 2006 but stepped aside as general elections were scheduled for that period. Finland, as next in line, took their place. In the event, the German elections took place in 2005 due to a loss of confidence vote, but the re-arrangement remains. The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline for Biographies. ... Siegfried Balke (born on June 1, 1902 in Bochum, died on June 11, 1984 in Munich) was a German politician (CSU). ... Maurice Couve de Murville Maurice Couve de Murville (January 24, 1907 - December 24, 1999) was a French Protestant politician, a supporter of Charles de Gaulle, under whom he served as Foreign Minister (1958-1968), Finance Minister (1968), and Prime Minister (1968-1969). ... Giuseppe Pella (April 18, 1902-1981) was an Italian Christian Democratic politician who served as Prime Minister of Italy from 1953 to 1954. ... Eugène Schaus (1901 – 1978) was a Luxembourgian politician. ... Joseph Antoine Marie Hubert Luns ( August 28, 1911 - July 18, 2002) was a Dutch politician and former NATO secretary-general. ... Paul-Henri Charles Spaak   listen? (January 25, 1899 - July 31, 1972) was a Belgian Socialist politician and statesman. ... Gerhard Schröder (September 11, 1910 - December 31, 1989) was a West German politician and member of the Christian Democratic Union (Germany) party. ... Maurice Couve de Murville Maurice Couve de Murville (January 24, 1907 - December 24, 1999) was a French Protestant politician, a supporter of Charles de Gaulle, under whom he served as Foreign Minister (1958-1968), Finance Minister (1968), and Prime Minister (1968-1969). ... Emilio Colombo (born April 14, 1920) was an Italian diplomat and politician. ... Eugène Schaus (1901 – 1978) was a Luxembourgian politician. ... Joseph Antoine Marie Hubert Luns ( August 28, 1911 - July 18, 2002) was a Dutch politician and former NATO secretary-general. ... 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Walter Scheel (born July 8, 1919) is a German politician (FDP). ... Maurice Schumann (1911-1998) was a French politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Georges Pompidou in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Aldo Moro (September 23, 1916 – May 9, 1978) was an Italian politician and five time Prime Minister of Italy, from 1963 to 1968 and then from 1974 to 1976. ... Gaston Egmond Thorn (born September 3, 1928), Luxembourg politician, was President of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Community, from 1981 to 1985. ... Pierre Charles José Marie Harmel (born March 16, 1911) was a Belgian lawyer, Christian Democratic politician and diplomat. ... Walter Scheel (born July 8, 1919) is a German politician (FDP). ... Jean Sauvagnargues (1915-2002) was a French politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Valéry Giscard dEstaing from 1974 to 1976. ... 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2007 onwards

From 2007 the presidency will be triple-shared for periods of 1.5 years with one of the three countries assuming "leading role" during each half-year. This change was made so that the new member states get to hold a presidency sooner, but at the same time the triplets are arranged so that in each of them there are both new and old member states - with the assumption that the old member states will pass their experience to the co-presidency new-members. It is also assumed that 1.5 year presidencies (even triple-shared) will be better at accomplishing policies, because the main agenda items will not be changed each half-year, but each 1.5 years (each three states will execute a common programme).

Triplet Year Half-year Member state
leading presidency
Website Minister responsible (usually the Foreign minister) Presidency logo
T1 2007 Jan-Jun Germany eu2007.de Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Jul-Dec Portugal eu2007.pt Luís Amado
2008 Jan-Jun Slovenia eu2008.si (?)    
T2 Jul-Dec France eu2008.fr (?)    
2009 Jan-Jun Czech Republic eu2009.cz (?)    
Jul-Dec Sweden eu2009.se (?)    
T3 2010 Jan-Jun Spain eu2010.es (?)    
Jul-Dec Belgium eu2010.be (?)    
2011 Jan-Jun Hungary eu2011.hu (?)    
T4 Jul-Dec Poland eu2011.pl (?)    
2012 Jan-Jun Denmark eu2012.dk (?)    
Jul-Dec Cyprus      
T5 2013 Jan-Jun Ireland      
Jul-Dec Lithuania      
2014 Jan-Jun Greece      
T6 Jul-Dec Italy      
2015 Jan-Jun Latvia      
Jul-Dec Luxembourg      
T7 2016 Jan-Jun Netherlands      
Jul-Dec Slovakia      
2017 Jan-Jun Malta      
T8 Jul-Dec United Kingdom      
2018 Jan-Jun Estonia      
Jul-Dec Bulgaria      
T9 2019 Jan-Jun Austria      
Jul-Dec Romania      
2020 Jan-Jun Finland      

A minister for foreign affairs, or foreign minister, is a governmental cabinet minister who helps form the foreign policy of a sovereign nation. ... Steinmeier and Condoleezza Rice in Berlin Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier (born 5 January 1956 in Detmold, Germany) is a German politician and, since November 22, 2005, Foreign Minister of Germany in the Grand Coalition of Angela Merkel. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Luís Filipe Marques Amado (b. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

See also

There is currently no single President of the European Union, though there are a 3 major positions that carry the title President within the Unions institutional framework. ... The President of the European Parliament oversees all the activities of the European Parliament and its constituent bodies. ... The European Council (referred to as a European Summit) is a body of the European Union which meets around four times a year. ... François-Xavier Ortoli, Romano Prodi, José Manuel Barroso and Jacques Delors The President of the European Commission is notionally the highest ranking unelected official within the European Union bureaucracy. ...

External links

European Union Portal

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