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The Slovak Presidency (Second Half 2016)

Slovakia will held the Presidency from July 2016 to December 2016.


Please find here the website of the presidency

Programme of the Slovak Presidency

The programme and priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU are expected to be approved by the Slovak Government in June 2016.

For the time being, the main document in terms of content is the framework for our Presidency programme as approved in late February 2016. The framework sets out several themes that will be of central importance during our Presidency:

  • economic growth, 

  • Digital Single Market,

  • the creation of an Energy Union, 

  • migration, 

  • EU enlargement.

As Presidency, Slovakia will further the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union that will help increase competitiveness. Negotiations about the Union’s budget for 2017 and the building of the Capital Markets Union will also feature high on the economic agenda.

When it comes to building the digital market, Slovakia will prioritise the elimination of barriers to digital economy, the facilitation of the use of electronic services and access to the market, the availability of electronic content, as well as a high level of consumer protection.

In the area of migration, the Slovak Presidency will aim, first and foremost, at the implementation of the EU external border protection policy and at the integrity of the Schengen Area. The Presidency is planning to prioritise positive agenda such as the Smart Borders package, which seeks to contribute to the fight against irregular migration and speed up passenger processing times through the use of modern technologies.

Hotbeds of tension in the EU’s neighbourhood are also among the challenges facing the Union. As the EU’s enlargement policy represents the most effective instrument of positive change in this regard, Slovakia will seek to maintain the momentum and credibility of this process.