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Sweden's Presidency of the Council of the EU

From January 1 - June 30, 2023, Sweden will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (also known as the Council of Ministers). This means that Sweden will lead the work in the Council.

“Sweden is taking over the Presidency at a time when the European Union is facing unprecedented challenges. A greener, more secure and freer Europe is the foundation of our priorities”, says Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.

The four priorities of the Swedish Presidency:

  • Security – unity
  • Competitiveness
  • Green and energy transition
  • Democratic values and the rule of law – our foundation

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Last updated 04 Jan 2023, 11.11 AM

Presidency of the Council

The Presidency of the Council rotates between EU Member States every six months. During a six-month period, the Presidency will drive forward the Council’s work on EU legislation, ensure continuity of the EU agenda and ensure that legislative processes are carried out in an orderly manner and that Member States cooperate.

The two main tasks of the Presidency are to plan and chair the meetings of the Council and its preparatory bodies and to represent the Council in its relations with other EU institutions.

Sweden will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2023.