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Bulgaria starts EU presidency

King Teres’ gold mask – a masterpiece of Tracean artists, attributed to first ruler of the Odrysian kingdom, National Archaeological Museum Sofia, Bulgaria.

The priorities of the Bulgarian presidency are driven by its motto: ‘United we stand strong’, which is also the motto of the coat of arms of the Republic of Bulgaria. The presidency will work with its partners on unity among the member states and the EU institutions to provide concrete solutions to build a stronger, more secure and solidary Europe.

The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every six months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council.

Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called ‘trios’. This system was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. The trio sets long-term goals and prepares a common agenda determining the topics and major issues that will be addressed by the Council over an 18 month period. On the basis of this programme, each of the three countries prepares its own more detailed 6-month programme.

The current trio is made up of the presidencies of the Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria.

Image: King Teres’ (450 – 431 BC) gold mask – a masterpiece of Thracian artists, attributed to first ruler of the Odrysian kingdom, National Archaeological Museum Sofia, Bulgaria.

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