EU presidency

    • Croatia takes over EU Presidency

      Croatia takes over EU Presidency

      On 1 January, Croatia assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council, the last country to do so from those accepted in the Union in the last two decades. According to local media, the country faces "the biggest challenge in its modern history" and "most difficult test of its maturity since independence", but at the same time it is a chance to show what it has achieved as EU member.

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    • Finland’s Presidency of EU Council kicks off

      Finland’s Presidency of EU Council kicks off

      Finland took over the rotating six-month EU presidency from Romania today with the motto "Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future", news wires reported. The country will put action to combat climate change at the heart of its EU Presidency, PM Antti Rinne told the parliament in Helsinki last week.

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    • Romania takes over EU presidency

      Romania takes over EU presidency

      Romania took over the EU's rotating presidency on 1 January at a tumultuous time for the bloc and just days after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker voiced doubts about the country's ability to do the job. Brussels is already at loggerheads with the increasingly populist government in Bucharest on multiple fronts and Juncker's comments highlight some of the strains.

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    • Juncker doubts Romania's capacity to lead EU

      Juncker doubts Romania's capacity to lead EU

      European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed doubts on Saturday about Romania's ability to take over the EU's six-month rotating presidency in January. In an interview with the German daily "Die Welt", he pointed out that althought "technically prepared", the "Bucharest government has not fully understood what it means to preside over the countries of the EU."

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