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The Presidency of the Council plays a vital part in the organization of the work of the institution, notably as the driving force in the legislative and political decision-making process. It has to organize and chair all meetings and work out compromises capable of resolving difficulties.

The Council is presided over for a period of six months by each Member State in turn, in accordance with a pre-established rota (unless a new Council decision is taken).

From 2007 onwards the presidency is executed in a shared manner in order to compensate for rather short six month term of the presidency. Three successive presidencies forming a "triple-shared presidency" work together over a 1.5 year period on a common agenda by the current presidency continues the work of the previous presidency after the end of its term.

With the entry in force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Council, which has the role of driving EU policy-making, has become an official EU institution with an elected, permanent European President for 2, 5 years. Mr Herman Van Rompuy is the President of the European Council as from 1 December 2009.

TrioYearHalf-yearPresidency holderWebsiteCouncil President (Minister responsible)

T3

2010

Jan-Jun

Spain

ue2010.es

Miguel Ángel Moratinos

Jul-Dec

Belgium

TBD

Benoît Cerexhe

2011

Jan-Jun

Hungary

eu2011.hu

TBD

T4

Jul-Dec

Poland

TBD

TBD

2012

Jan-Jun

Denmark

TBD

TBD

Jul-Dec

Cyprus

TBD

TBD

T5

2013

Jan-Jun

Ireland

eu2013.ie

TBD

 

Jul-Dec

Lithuania

TBD

TBD

2014

Jan-Jun

Greece

TBD

TBD

T6

 

Jul-Dec

Italy

TBD

TBD

2015

Jan-Jun

Latvia

TBD

TBD

 

Jul-Dec

Luxembourg

TBD

TBD

T7

2016

Jan-Jun

Netherlands

TBD

TBD

 

Jul-Dec

Slovakia

TBD

TBD

2017

Jan-Jun

Malta

TBD

TBD

T8

 

Jul-Dec

United Kingdom

TBD

TBD

2018

Jan-Jun

Estonia

eu2018.ee

TBD

 

Jul-Dec

Bulgaria

TBD

TBD

T9

2019

Jan-Jun

Austria

TBD

TBD

 

Jul-Dec

Romania

TBD

TBD

2020

Jan-Jun

Finland

TBD

TBD