Estonia will be holding the presidency of the EU Council for the first time in the second half of 2017.
The preparations for the presidency have started, coordinated by the Government Office. All activities to prepare Estonia for the presidency of the Council of the European Union are based on the principle that rather than being a one-off effort, the work done and investments made should bring long-term benefits to our country.
The experience of former presidencies has shown that organising the presidency significantly increases the country’s capacity to have a say and assert its interests and objectives in Europe and elsewhere.
The most significant changes brought about by the presidency concern a massive increase in perspective and scale. While the majority of meetings and working meetings will take place in Brussels, Estonia will have an opportunity to also host a number of events. Nearly 200 different events will be held in Estonia during the presidency, with an expected total of 20,000 to 30,000 international guests.