Romania takes over EU Council Presidency after Austria
On 1 January 2019, Romania took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. After Austria had held the Council Presidency during the second half of 2018, Romania is now taking over this role for the first time, from 1 January to 30 June 2019. This period will be marked by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit), the negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework, and the European Parliament elections in May 2019.
Romania has chosen "Cohesion, a common European value" as the motto for its Presidency and has defined four "pillars of action" for its Presidency priorities: (1) Europe of convergence: growth, cohesion, competitiveness, connectivity; (2) A safer Europe; (3) Europe as a stronger global actor; (4) Europe of common values. Under the first pillar of action, one of the four main objectives is "promoting research and innovation, digitalisation and connectivity, in order to increase the competitiveness of the European economy and industry". The Romanian Presidency programme is due to be published on 15 January 2019.
As of 1 January 2019, the previous Trio Presidency of Estonia - Bulgaria - Austria is now succeeded by the Trio Romania - Finland - Croatia. The Trio Presidency Programme for the period of January 2019 to June 2020 was published on 30 November 2018.
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