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Home  >  News  >  Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018
Last change: 19.03.2018.

Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018

On 1 January 2018 Bulgaria officially began with the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in sequence of six-month rotating presidency after Malta and Estonia.

The priorities of the Bulgarian presidency are driven by its motto: 'United we stand strong', which is also the motto of the coat of arms of the Republic of Bulgaria. The presidency will work with its partners on unity among the member states and the EU institutions to provide concrete solutions to build a stronger, more secure and solidary Europe.

During the next 6 months, the presidency will focus on four key areas:
  • future of Europe and young people
  • Western Balkans
  • security and stability
  • digital economy
The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work in the Council.
Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called 'trios'. This system was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. The trio sets long-term goals and prepares a common agenda determining the topics and major issues that will be addressed by the Council over an 18 month period. On the basis of this programme, each of the three countries prepares its own more detailed 6-month programme.

The current trio is made up of the presidencies of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. More information can be found here.