On 1 July 2018 Austria will, for the third time (after 1998 and 2006), take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. As the presiding country, Austria can contribute significantly to the legislative and political work of the Council. However, due to the changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon, the free scope for action is more limited compared to the 1998 and 2006 presidencies.
The EU Presidency of Austria is a project of the entire Federal Government and already last year the preparations intensified. The Austrian Presidency in the second half of 2018 will have to deal with a large number of complex and challenging dossiers, including: internal and external security, external borders protection, reform of the common European asylum system, digital single market, energy union, budget 2019, multiannual financial framework beyond 2020, enlargement of the EU, European Neighborhood and finalization of negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit).
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