Estonia will be holding the presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2017. This means that Estonia will be responsible for defining the Council’s positions while taking into account the interests of all member states and remaining neutral at the same time. This is definitely a worthy task for Estonia for its anniversary year.
The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. Estonia will pick up the baton of the presidency from the Malta and deliver it to Bulgaria 6 months later.
The three consecutive Presidencies agree among themselves which fields to turn more attention to on the European level. This ensures that important topics remain in focus over the course of 18 months. Estonia is in one Presidency trio with Bulgaria and Austria.