News of the EU Presidency 11.07.2013


What does the Latvian Presidency of the European Union mean?

Every 6 months, on a rotating schedule, a European Union (EU) member state becomes the presiding state and is leading the work of the EU Council. The presidency is an opportunity for every member state, regardless of its size or length of membership, to influence the EU agenda and guide EU endeavors.

The Presidency organizes and provides leadership to the EU Council, COREPER (Permanent Representatives Committee), and working group meetings. There can be up to 2000 meetings during the 6 month period. The objective of the Presidency is to be a neutral mediator.

Additionally, the Presidency’s tasks are to act as a coordinator within the EU Council, work with other member states, and the EU Council General Secretary, as well as with the European Commission, European Parliament and the President of the European Council. The Presidency represents the EU Council in relation with the European Commission, and acts as the EU Council’s representative outside the EU.

The Latvian Presidency of the European Commission will occur during the first 6 months of 2013. When Latvia joined the EU, it became a part of the EU decision making process and by taking on the presiding state function; Latvia shows its willingness and readiness for governance in the highest level of the EU.

More information: http://www.es2015.lv/en/in-english

Contact persons on the Latvian presidency of the EU Council

Inguss Kalniņš (coordination) inguss.kalnins@tm.gov.lv 67036704
Anna Skrjabina (coordination) anna.skrjabina@tm.gov.lv 67036915
Sigita Vasiļjeva (communication) sigita.vasiljeva@tm.gov.lv 67036739
Ksenija Novikova (communication) ksenija.novikova@tm.gov.lv 67036712

The presiding country in Council of the European Union

  • Since July 1 2013 until December 31 Lithuanian is the presiding country in Council of the European Union­.
  • Since January 1 2013 until June 30 Irish was the presiding country in Council of the European Union­.
  • Since July 1 2012 until December 31 Cyprus was the presiding country in Council of the European Union­.
  • Since January 1 2012 until June 30 Danish was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.­
  • Since July 1 2011 Poland is the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since January 1 2009 until July 30 Czech Republic was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since July 1 2008 until December 31 France was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since January 1 2008 until June 30 Slovenia was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since July 1 2007 until December 31 Portugal was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since January 1 2007 until June 30 Germany was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since July 1 2006 until December 31 Finland was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since January 1 2006 until June 30 Austria was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since July 1 2005 until December 31 the United Kingdom was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.
  • Since January 1 2005 until July 30 Luxembourg was the presiding country in Council of the European Union.

The most recent and precise information about the tasks, plans and agendas of the presidency are available at the homepage of the presidency.

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