By: Johannes Frandsen
On 1 January 2023, Sweden took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Czechia. Security, competitiveness, green and energy transitions, democratic values and the rule of law – these are the priorities of the Presidency for the coming six months.
During the first half of the year, Sweden will lead the work in the Council of the EU and represent all 27 Member States in negotiations with other EU institutions. The Swedish Presidency will chair approximately 2 000 meetings in Brussels and Luxembourg, and approximately 150 informal meetings will be held in locations throughout Sweden.
“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,” said Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on 14 December when he presented the priorities of the Swedish Presidency to the Riksdag.
The four priorities of the Presidency
The Presidency will advance the work in the Council based on four priorities.
- Security – unity
- Green transition and energy transition
- Democratic values and the rule of law – our foundation
Sweden holds the Presidency for the third time
The Presidency of the Council rotates every six months. Sweden holds the Presidency from 1 January to 30 June 2023. This is the third time that Sweden holds the Presidency, after which Spain will take over.