Estonia will assume the presidency of the Council in the second half of 2017
The Council of the European Union adopted a decision establishing a revised order of holding the rotating presidencies of the Council on 26 July. Estonia will assume the presidency of the Council in the second half of 2017, six months earlier as was foreseen.
“We understand the weight of the challenges that the EU is currently facing. Our aim is to build consensus among Member States and the institutions. We are ready to help find the solutions that will shape our collective future. Estonia is prepared for the role of the presidency and there will be no trade-off on quality merely because we have it earlier than planned” said the Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.
After the results of the UK referendum, Estonia confirmed it is prepared to take over the presidency in 2017 if it becomes necessary. As Estonia has started the preparations for its first presidency in a timely manner, we are going to rely on the solid work conducted already and will speed up the preparations to take over the presidency timeslot that was originally reserved for UK.