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The Council rotating presidency: new order adopted

On 26 July, the Council adopted a revised order of EU member states holding the Council presidency until 2030.

Following the decision of the United Kingdom to give up its presidency of the Council in the second half of 2017, the Council decided to bring forward the order of countries by six months starting from July 2017.

The decision also adds Croatia for the first half of 2020. Croatia was not yet a member of the EU when the last order was agreed.

The Council rotating presidency: new order adopted

On 26 July, the Council adopted a revised order of EU member states holding the Council presidency until 2030.

Following the decision of the United Kingdom to give up its presidency of the Council in the second half of 2017, the Council decided to bring forward the order of countries by six months starting from July 2017.

The decision also adds Croatia for the first half of 2020. Croatia was not yet a member of the EU when the last order was agreed.

The European Council

The European Council consists of the heads of state or government of the EU's member states, together with its President and the European Commission President. It defines the EU's general political direction and priorities.

The Council of the EU

The Council of the EU represents the member states' governments. Also known informally as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

What is the Council?

The European Council and the Council of the EU are two very closely linked institutions. They have similar names and share the same buildings and staff - the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). However, they have very different roles and membership. 

In focus

Become a Council trainee: apply until the end of August

Each year the Council offers about 120 traineeships to EU nationals who have completed their undergraduate studies. They run in two different periods from February to June and from September to January.

Trainees can participate in all spheres of the Council's work, from the press office and policy directorates to translators and IT specialists. A trainee is a member of the team where he or she is placed and supports the work of EU officials. There is also a rich programme of seminars and study trips and other activities to learn more about how the EU works.

To help with the application process, the Traineeship office of the Council will be answering your questions in a live Q&A session on 2 August at 12:30.

In focus

Become a Council trainee: apply until the end of August

Each year the Council offers about 120 traineeships to EU nationals who have completed their undergraduate studies. They run in two different periods from February to June and from September to January.

Trainees can participate in all spheres of the Council's work, from the press office and policy directorates to translators and IT specialists. A trainee is a member of the team where he or she is placed and supports the work of EU officials. There is also a rich programme of seminars and study trips and other activities to learn more about how the EU works.

To help with the application process, the Traineeship office of the Council will be answering your questions in a live Q&A session on 2 August at 12:30.