Sweden's Presidency of the Council of the EU

In spring 2023, Sweden will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (also known as the Council of Ministers). This means that Sweden will lead the work in the Council.

About Sweden’s EU Presidency 2023

  • Swedish Presidency in focus during European Parliament’s Stockholm visit

    Roberta Metsola and Ulf Kristersson at a press conference.
    Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola. Photo: Johannes Frandsen/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 30 November, the Government met with the European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents, which was visiting Stockholm ahead of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

  • Two months left until Sweden’s Presidency of the Council of the EU

    It is now less than two months until Sweden takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During the first half of the year, Sweden will chair some two thousand meetings at various levels in the Council of the EU and drive the EU’s agenda forward.

  • Political direction of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU

    The direction of Sweden’s political priorities for the upcoming Presidency was determined during the first half of 2022, following discussions with party representatives in the Riksdag. On 1 June, the general political direction was presented to the Riksdag.

The Council of the European Union

The Council of the European Union is the institution representing the governments of the Member States. It is in the Council – or the Council of Ministers as it is informally known – that government ministers of the EU countries meet to pass laws and coordinate policies.

Presidency of the Council

The Presidency of the Council rotates between EU Member States every six months. During a six-month period, the Presidency will drive forward the Council’s work on EU legislation, ensure continuity of the EU agenda and ensure that legislative processes are carried out in an orderly manner and that Member States cooperate.

The two main tasks of the Presidency are to plan and chair the meetings of the Council and its preparatory bodies and to represent the Council in its relations with other EU institutions.

Sweden will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2023.

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