As of today, and through December 31, Finland holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, following Romania (first half of 2019) and preceding Croatia (first half of 2020).
This presidency goes hand in hand with the renewal of the EU’s institutional cycle, which began with European Parliamentary elections in May and will continue with the establishment of a new European Commission in the fall. Finland’s presidency will therefore be the first to implement the priorities set by the heads of state and government in June in the EU’s 2019-2024 Strategic Agenda.
The priorities that the Finnish presidency intends to advance during its term are largely those promoted by the French authorities. France especially applauds Finland’s emphasis on strengthening the EU’s shared values, including the rule of law; the goal of making the EU a global leader on climate change; the consolidation of a competitive and socially inclusive Union; and the protection of European citizens in every area, including defense.
France offers Finland its best wishes for success as it begins its term. It would also like to thank the outgoing Romanian presidency for its commitment and for the results it achieved in the first half of 2019.