Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, July to December 2023

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Information Guide providing an overview concerning the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), which runs from 1 July to 31 December 2023.

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During the second half of 2023, Spain holds the presidency of the Council of the EU. It is the fifth time Sweden has held the presidency since it joined the EU in 1986. This is the first of a Presidency Trio which also includes Belgium and Hungary.

The main priorities of the Spanish Presidency are as follows:

  • Reindustrialise the EU and ensure its open strategic autonomy;
  • Advance in the green transition and the environmental adaptation;
  • Promoting greater social and economic justice;
  • Strengthening European unity.

This Presidency announced its intention to work towards improving and consolidating common instruments such as the NextGenerationEU funds, and to move towards a more efficient and coordinated management of migration and asylum processes. It would also seek to ensure the continuous provision of coordinated support to Ukraine and other neighbouring countries.

The launch of the Spanish Presidency took place during an election campaign ahead of a parliamentary election in the country, adding to the narrative as published by media outlets and analysts.

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Commentary and Analysis
Foundation for Research on Law and Business (Fide): Section: Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Digital Europe: News, 18/04/2023: 8 priorities for the Spanish EU Presidency
Euronews: Analysis, 30/05/2023: Analysis: Pedro Sánchez's election gamble risks marring Spain's big EU moment
Elcano Royal Institute: Activities: Spanish Pre-Presidency Conference, 1-2 June 2023
Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA): Recommendations from members of the TEPSA Network to the incoming Spanish Presidency
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS): Analysis, 27/06/2023: What to Expect from the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Deutsche Welle, 01/07/2023: Spain to lead the EU — but who is to lead Spain?
Le Monde: Le Mag, 02/07/2023: On borrowed time, Spain's Sanchez takes over Council of the EU presidency
Euro|topics, 04/07/2023: Spain: EU Council presidency during election campaign
European Policy Centre (EPC): Flash Analysis, 05/07/2023: Spain has the EU Presidency. But who will lead Madrid after the snap election?
Politico: EU Confidential Podcast, 06/07/2023: From Madrid: How Spain’s election could impact its EU presidency
Culture Action Europe: News, 10/07/2023: Priorities of the Spanish Presidency includes a new push for working conditions in the CCS

EurActiv, 18/04/2023: Spain showing leadership ahead of EU presidency stint, says foreign minister
Reuters, 30/05/2023: Key EU legislation up in the air after Spain accelerates elections
Politico, 02/06/2023: Spanish PM Sánchez asks to postpone EU Council presidency speech
Politico, 15/06/2023: Spain’s election won’t disrupt EU presidency, PM Pedro Sánchez says
Reuters, 29/06/2023: Pedro Sanchez to visit Ukraine as Spain takes over EU presidency
EUObserver, 30/06/2023: Spain's PM Sánchez travels to Kyiv to begin EU presidency
RFE/RL, 01/07/2023: Marking New EU Presidency, Spanish Prime Minister Visits Ukraine In Show Of Support
Euronews, 03/07/2023: Spain kicks off six-month presidency of the EU Council
TVP World, 03/07/2023: Spanish PM hosts EC College as country takes over EU presidency
Science Business, 04/07/2023: Spanish EU presidency to spearhead strategic direction for research and innovation policy

Official Website of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Spanish Government: News: Tag: Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU 2023
Spanish Presidency of the Council: Article, 15/06/2023: The president of the Government presents the priorities of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with Prime Minister Sánchez on the occasion of the College visit to the Spanish Presidency (3 July 2023)

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