For the fifth time, Spain holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, one of the EU’s seven most important institutions.
What are Spain’s priorities and how will they be translated into concrete actions? What does it mean for Spain to fill this position in terms of influence, decision-making and advancing the European agenda? How might it be conditioned by the national and international context?
The Elcano Royal Institute contributes to the analysis of Spain’s priorities for the Presidency with this special dossier.
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- 1 Jan 2010
Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2010
The economic and financial crisis and the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon set the agenda for the fourth Presidency, this time together with Belgium and Hungary in the new system of a trio of rotating presidencies for 18 months. First semester, 1 January to 30 June 2010.
- 1 Jan 2001
Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2002
The programme of the third Spanish Presidency was marked by the international scenario following the 9/11 attacks, the enlargement to the East and the introduction of the euro as a common currency. First semester, 1 January to 30 June 2002.
- 1 Jul 1995
Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 1995
The priorities of the Spanish Presidency focused on the economic relaunch of Europe, citizen participation, external relations and the planning for the 1996 Intergovernmental Conference. Second semester, 1 July to 31 December 1995.
- 1 Jan 1989
Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Economic Community (EEC) 1989
Spain takes over the Presidency of the EEC Council for the first time. At that moment, the European Economic Community comprised 12 Member States. The conclusions of the first Presidency were presented at the Madrid European Council. First semester, 1 January to 1 July 1989.
Madrid, Spain. 1 and 2 June 2023.
The future of the EU as a global development actor: Building alliances with the Global South in a polycrisis world Berlin, Germany. 10 May 2023.
30 años de España en la Unión Europea 1985-2015 (in Spanish)
Image: Decoration of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU in the Europa building in Brussels. Photo: Council of the European Council / ©European Union.
Text editing and layout of the web special: Ivanosca López-Valerio.