The Presidency of the Council of the European Union rotates every six months. To uphold its continuity, the Presidencies work in Trios.
The first Trio Presidency consisted of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia. The Czech Republic is part of a second Trio made up of France, which holds the Presidency before the Czech Republic, and finally Sweden.
The Trio Presidency 18-month programme is the outcome of about a year of preparations, during which the public administrations of the three countries established active contacts at all levels. Formally, the programme is a Council document whose purpose is to give a clear and objective overview of what is going to happen during the Trio Presidency. It is not a summary of the priorities of the three countries, but rather a catalogue of work to be done by the Council.
The 18-month programme was formally adopted by the Council for General Affairs and External Relations at its meeting in Luxembourg in June 2008. Having undergone minor changes, it was published on the French Presidency website at the beginning of July 2008.
- Programme of French, Czech and Swedish Presidencies (pdf, 398 kB)
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