The current 18-month programme of the Council was prepared jointly by the Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies. It strives to find common solutions in order to build a common future. This programme provides a forward-looking agenda revolving around citizens' expectations,
tackling together our common challenges, strengthening trust in the European Union, bringing it closer to citizens and - respecting the principles of Better Regulation - simplifying life and business by delivering tangible results. The programme's focus and priorities reflect the European Council's Strategic Agenda and the initiatives of the Joint Declaration on the EU's legislative priorities for 2017. In line with the Rome Declaration the three Presidencies are also taking forward the debate on the future of the EU at 27.
The Presidencies focus on investment in growth and jobs, including research and innovation, cross-border infrastructure, connectivity and education (Erasmus+, Connecting Europe Facility, Horizon 2020 as well as preparing the 9th Framework Programme Horizon Europe, review of the ERA, in particular governance, the research window of the European Defence Action Plan, EURATOM Framework Programme).