Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, January to June 2024

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Information Guide providing a collection of information resources as regards Belgium's presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), which runs from 1 January to 30 June 2024.

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During the first half of 2024, Belgium holds the presidency of the Council of the EU. It is the thirteenth time Belgium has held the presidency, since the country was one of the founding Member States of the European Economic Community (EEC) established in 1957. This is the second of a Presidency Trio which also includes Spain and Hungary.

The main priorities of the Belgium Presidency are as follows:

  • Defending rule of law, democracy, and unity;
  • Strengthening the EU's competitiveness;
  • Pursuing a green and just transition;
  • Reinforcing the EU's social and health agenda;
  • Protecting people and borders;
  • Promoting a global Europe.

Under the motto “Protect, Strengthen, Prepare", Belgian Council Presidency vowed to focus on ensuring the security and well-being of EU citizens, strengthening the economy, and preparing the European Union for the future. The 2024 European Parliament elections are also held in June 2024 under the Belgian Council Presidency. The programme and priorities of this Council Presidency were presented by the Belgian government on 8 December 2023.

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Commentary and Analysis
Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA): Press Release, 24/11/2023: Recommendations to the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Wilson Center: Insight & Analysis, 08/01/2024: Belgian Presidency to the EU Council: Three Issues to Watch
European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS): Briefing, 08/01/2024: Priority dossiers under the Belgian EU Council Presidency
Scottish Parliament: SPICe Spotlight, 09/02/2024: Belgium’s presidency of the Council of the European Union – bringing an end to the EU’s five year cycle

Politico: Special Reports: Belgian Presidency of the EU
EurActiv, 06/10/2023: Deputy PM: Belgian EU Council presidency to protect Green Deal, LGBTIQ+
Politico, 29/10/2023: Belgium’s terror attack blunders tarnish its upcoming EU presidency
Science Business, 21/11/2023: Belgium to focus on a public sector European blockchain during its EU presidency
Euronews, 08/12/2023: Belgian PM downplays talk of environment policy pause
EurActiv, 08/12/2023: Belgium aims to close negotiations on EU open files, focus on bloc’s future
Science Business, 12/12/2023: Belgium sets out priorities for last EU presidency of this term
The Parliament Magazine, 15/12/2023: Migration top of the agenda as Belgium outlines priorities for its Council of the EU presidency
Euronews, 19/12/2023: Crunch time for Belgian EU presidency as race to close crucial legislative files begins
EurActiv, 20/12/2023: Skills shortages, closing divisive files: The Belgian EU presidency’s health agenda
The Brussels Times, 25/12/2023: Belgian EU Presidency starts with optimism despite crises
Deutsche Welle, 01/01/2024: Belgium's bold EU Council agenda
RFI News, 01/01/2024: Belgium faces election juggling act as it takes over rotating EU presidency
Politico, 02/01/2024: Europe needs more cash, Belgian PM says
EUObserver, 04/01/2024: Belgian EU presidency eyes more Africa-based migrant deals
Euronews, 05/01/2024: Alexander De Croo sets out priorities for Belgium's EU Council presidency
The Brussels Times, 08/12/2023: Belgium sets course for EU presidency in 2024 amid period of crisis
EurActiv, 09/01/2024: Expertise in complex national politics will save EU Council agenda, Belgium claims
EUObserver, 16/01/2024: De Croo: 'If 2024 brings 'America First' again, Europe on its own'
Science Business, 16/01/2024: EU needs more capital to scale up innovations, Belgian prime minister tells MEPs
EurActiv, 23/01/2024: Belgian presidency reinforces call to regulate influencers at EU level
EUObserver, 25/01/2024: EU presidency to enact asylum reforms despite abuse claims
The Brussels Times, 26/01/2024: Organised crime, sex work, small-scale detention: Belgium's EU Presidency Justice priorities

Official Website of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Belgian Federal Public Service: Foreign Affairs: Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
European Parliament: Multimedia: Topics: Belgian Presidency
Belgian Federal Public Service: Foreign Affairs: Podcasts: Episode 13, 22/12/2023: Belgian Presidency 2024 of the Council of the European Union
EU: Eurojust: News, 03/01/2024: Tackling major organised drug crime top priority for Belgian EU Presidency
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with Prime Minister De Croo on the occasion of the College visit to the Belgian Presidency (5 January 2024)
European Commission: News, 08/01/2024: The College of Commissioners meets the Belgian Government at the start of Council Presidency to move Europe forward
EU: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA): News, 16/01/2024: Belgium takes over the EU presidency with the motto 'Protect, strengthen, prepare'
European Parliament: Press Release, 25/01/2024: Belgium Presidency debriefs EP committees on priorities

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