Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, July to December 2024

Author Details
Author (Corporate)
Publication Date 2024
Content Type , ,


Compilation of information resources relating to Hungary's presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), which runs from 1 July to 31 December 2024.

Further information:

During the second half of 2024, Hungary holds the presidency of the Council of the EU. It is the second time Hungary has held the presidency since it joining the European Union in 2004. This is the third and last of a Presidency Trio which also includes Sweden and Spain.

The main priorities of the Hungarian Presidency are as follows:

  • New European Competitiveness Deal
  • The Reinforcement of European Defence Policy
  • A Consistent and Merit-Based Enlargement Policy
  • Stemming Illegal Migration
  • Shaping the Future of Cohesion Policy
  • A Farmer-Centered EU Agricultural Policy
  • Addressing Demographic Challenges

Under the motto Make Europe Great Again, the Hungarian Council Presidency vowed to ensure the continuity of work in the Council of the European Union in a transition context as a result of the European Parliament elections held in June 2024. Taking over the Council presidency, the country's authorities highlighted a number of challenges facing the EU, including the war in Ukraine, the deterioration of the EU's competitive edge on the global stage, a fragile security situation, illegal migration, the vulnerability of international supply chains, natural disasters, the effects of climate change, and the impact of demographic trends.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán launched his country's Council Presidency with a visit to Russia and China, leading to condemnation by other senior European and EU leaders.

Related Links
Commentary and Analysis
EUObserver: Opinion, 03/01/2024: How the European Parliament can stop Orbán's EU presidency
Balkan Insight: Analysis, 12/01/2024: Hungary in 2024: two elections and an EU Presidency
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP): IP Quarterly, 13/03/2024: The European Union’s Hungary Problem
Politico, 08/04/2024: Occupy Brussels! Viktor Orbán’s plan for Europe
Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House): Event, 08/05/2024: The future of Europe: Strategic perspectives of the incoming Hungarian EU Presidency
EUObserver: Opinion, 29/05/2024: The Hungarian EU presidency and Georgia's election — don't say you weren't warned
Balkan Insight, 18/06/2024: Hungary vows 'stability' for its EU presidency under populist banner
Politico: Special Reports, 24/06/2024: Hungarian presidency of the EU
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR): The Loop Blog, 28/06/2024: A voice in favour of the Hungarian EU Council presidency
The Conversation, 28/06/2024: ‘Make Europe Great Again’: far right Hungary takes over presidency of the Council of the European Union
Radio Free Europe, 01/07/2024: Hungary At The Helm: What To Expect From The EU's Next Presidency
Wilson Center: Global Europe Program, 01/07/2024: What’s in Store for the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Council?
Euronews, 01/07/2024: Will Orbán continue to go against the EU grain as Hungary takes over bloc's presidency?
Euro|topics, June-July 2024: How will Hungary handle its EU Council presidency?
The Spectator (UK): Coffee House, 02/07/2024: How Hungary’s presidency could shake up the EU
Politico, 05/07/2024: Orbán unites Europe — against him

The Guardian, 07/01/2024: Michel sparks scramble to stop Orbán taking control of European Council
Euronews, 08/01/2024: Charles Michel’s election bid sparks race to stop Orbán from taking European Council reins
The Guardian, 26/01/2024: EU president to stay in post amid fears of Viktor Orbán getting role
EurActiv, 19/06/2024: Hungary vows to ‘make Europe great again’ with EU presidency
France24, 28/06/2024: EU holds its breath as Hungary’s Orban vows to ‘Make Europe Great Again’
Le Monde, 30/06/2024: Hungary's Orban takes over Council of the European Union presidency for six months
EurActiv, 01/07/2024: Hungary takes on EU presidency amid concerns
Reuters, 01/07/2024: Hungary takes EU presidency echoing Trump but likely to lack bite
BBC News, 02/07/2024: Hungary's Orban urges ceasefire on Kyiv visit
Deutsche Welle, 03/07/2024: Hungary takes over rotating EU presidency
EU Reporter, 03/07/2024: Concerns grow at impact on EU of Hungarian Presidency
The Guardian, 04/07/2024: Orbán to meet Putin in Moscow visit likely to anger EU
Associated Press (AP News), 05/07/2024: Hungary’s Orbán meets Putin for talks in Moscow in a rare visit by a European leader
Euronews, 05/07/2024: Hungary's Orban meets Putin in Moscow in rare European visit
LRT News, 05/07/2024: Vilnius slams Orbán’s meeting with Putin: it undermines Hungary’s EU presidency
Politico, 05/07/2024: With Brussels fuming, Putin welcomes Orbán as EU leader
Reuters, 05/07/2024: Hungary's Orban talks Ukraine peace with Putin, stirring EU outcry
France24, 05/07/2024: Orban's meeting with Putin on Ukraine peace deal is 'appeasement', EU leaders say
BBC News, 05/07/2024: Hungary's Russia-friendly PM meets Putin in Moscow
Le Monde, 07/07/2024: EU foreign policy chief issues fresh rebuke to Hungary's Orban
Euronews, 08/07/2024: Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán makes surprise China visit after trip to Russia
EurActiv, 08/07/2024: Hungary defends ‘restoring communication channels’ with Russia’s Putin

Official Website of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
European Parliament: Press Release, 18/01/2024: The Hungarian government threatens EU values, institutions, and funds, MEPs say
Ukrainian Presidency: News, 02/07/2024: Hungary's EU Presidency, Security Issues, and the Bilateral Relations Agreement: Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Viktor Orbán in Kyiv
Russian Presidency (Kremlin): Events, 05/07/2024: Press statements following talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
EU EEAS: Russia: Statement by High Representative on the visit of Prime Minister Orbán to Moscow (5 July 2024)

Subject Categories
Subject Tags
Countries / Regions
International Organisations