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Programme of the Slovak Presidency

The Programme of the Slovak Predidency of the Council of the European Union is based on four priorities: an economically strong Europe, a modern single market, a sustainable migration and asylum policies and a globally engaged Europe.

The Slovak Presidency begins at a time when the Union is facing unprecedented challenges: the result of the UK Referendum calls for discussion on the future of the Union, the continuing migration crisis raises questions converning the integrity of the Schengen area, the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels have highlighted weaknesses in the area of internal security and the consequences of the economic and financial crisis are still affecting the economies of the EU Member States.

Despite these challenges and growing uncertainty, the Slovak Presidency is putting forward a positive agenda and seeks to promote sustainable solutions.

Four priorities 

  • Economically strong Europe: We will focus on initiatives that help create an appropriate environment for investment and for the further development of the Union. A favourable environment is a crucial prerequisite for the development and implementation of unifying European projects, which are fundamental elements of the modern single market. 

  • Modern single market: The single market is considered the greatest achievement of the European Union. The vision of the Slovak Presidency is therefore to further develop unifying projects, such as the energy union or the digital single market.

  • Sustainable migration and asylum policies: The current migration crisis is putting enormous pressure on the EU's external borders and on the asylum systems of the Member States.The Slovak Presidency therefore seeks to encourage the Union to develop more sustainable migration and asylum policies.

  • Globally engaged Europe: The Union cannot be secure without stability, prosperity and democracy in its neighbourhood. The Slovak Presidency will therefore promote an effective European neighbourhood policy and will seek to maintain the momentum of the accession process. We will also actively engage in developing relations with the strategic partners of the EU.

Three principles

The priority themes which will be at the forefront of the Slovak Presidency are driven by three interconnected principles:

  • Achieving tangible results – our aim is to demonstrate to EU citizens that joint European projects have a practical impact on improving their quality of life;

  • Overcoming fragmentation – we will seek to achieve results which help connect Member States more closely within the single market;

  • Focusing on the citizen – the ability to deliver specific results and overcome fragmentation is the key to bringing the Union closer to its citizens. The Slovak Presidency aims to restore citizens' confidence in the common European project.

The full text of the Programme of the Slovak Presidency is available to download below.

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