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Home  >  News  >  Slovak EU Presidency Priorities
Last change: 13.07.2016.

Slovak EU Presidency Priorities


On 1 July 2016 Slovakia took over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time since its accession into the EU in 2004.

The Slovak Presidency is putting forward a positive agenda and seeks to promote sustainable solutions.

Four priorities of the Slovak Presidency
  • Economically strong Europe: focusing on initiatives that help create an appropriate environment for investment and for the further development of the Union. 
  •  Modern single market:  vision of the Slovak Presidency is to further develop unifying projects, such as the energy union or the digital single market.
  • Sustainable migration and asylum policies: the Slovak Presidency seeks to encourage the Union to develop more sustainable migration and asylum policies.
  • Globally engaged Europe:  strengthening the Union's position in the world.
Three principles

The four priorities which will be at the forefront of the Slovak Presidency are driven by three interconnected principles:
  • Achieving tangible results –demonstrating to EU citizens that joint European projects have a practical impact on improving their quality of life;
  • Overcoming fragmentation – seeking to achieve results which help connect Member States more closely within the single market;
  • Focusing on the citizen –aiming to restore citizens' confidence in the common European project.
 At the 15th meeting of the European Network of Public Employment Services, Slovakia presented the priorities of the upcoming Slovak presidency (2nd half 2016) as regards labour market issues.
The presidency has 4 priority areas:
  1. support and development of decent work;
  2. combating poverty and social exclusion;
  3. new measures to support employment; and
  4. promotion of equal treatment and equal opportunities.