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eu Presidency 2013

Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the EU

From 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013, Ireland will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This will be the seventh time that Ireland has undertaken this important role. On this occasion, it also coincides with the fortieth anniversary of Ireland's membership of the EU.

The Presidency rotates among the 27 Member States of the EU every six months. The presiding Member State is responsible for advancing the EU's work agenda, and has an opportunity to shape and influence EU policy and legislation. The Presidency also represents the Council in its dealings with other EU Institutions, including the European Commission and the European Parliament.

The main priorities of the Irish Presidency are:


The national priority themes for the Youth Council Presidency aim:


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