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Bulgaria's turn to hold the presidency of the Council

On 1 January 2018, a decade after it became a member of the European Union, Bulgaria took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time. With the motto “united we stay strong”, the presidency will focus on three key objectives: a secure Europe, a stable Europe, a solidary Europe.

With numerous important files to be finalised in the next 6 months, the Bulgarian Presidency must continue gathering consensus on important topics and ensure that discussions move forward at good speed. BusinessEurope calls for a strong emphasis on advancing the Future of Europe debate – including the topics of the EMU, MFF and industrial policy; addressing barriers to the EU single market; promoting an ambitious trade policy; and pushing forward the necessary economic and social reforms.

Last updated: 1 January 2018