From 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013, Ireland held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This was be the seventh time that Ireland has undertaken this important role. On this occasion, it also coincided with the fortieth anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the EU.
The Presidency rotates among the 27 Member States of the EU every six months. The presiding Member State is responsible for advancing the EU’s work agenda, and has an opportunity to shape and influence EU policy and legislation. The Presidency also represents the Council in its dealings with other EU Institutions, including the European Commission and the European Parliament.
The main priorities of the Irish Presidency were:
- Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs and strengthening Europe’s competitive advantage
- Restoring stability and confidence through effective economic governance for Europe
- Supporting growth and reform
Full details on Ireland’s Presidency 2013 can be found at www.eu2013.ie.