Estonia took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from Malta on 1 July 2017.
It sets an ambitious programme for the next six months focusing on four main priorities:
- An open and innovative European economy
- A safe and secure Europe
- Digital Europe and the free movement of data
- Inclusive and sustainable Europe
Estonia wants to make Europe more inclusive and sustainable to help citizens adapt to change and support equal opportunities for all. Three key areas are in focus: equal opportunities in the development of skills, in getting employment and in access to services. Cities play a crucial role in all three of these areas and particularly a leading role in ensuring equity in access to services.
Estonia wishes to advance a number of important topics on the EU social agenda:
- Modernisation of education through the New Skills Agenda
- Debate on the future of work (including national e-solutions)
- Agreement on the Accessibility Act
- Debate on the work-life balance package proposed by the European Commission
- Propose smart youth work as a tool to open up new opportunities for young people
- Agreement on the legal basis for the European Solidarity Corps
- Modernisation of social security coordination
The Estonian Presidency aims to move the EU closer to the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is a much-needed preparation for the expected realignment of the EU's strategy to the SDGs for the post-2020 period.
EUROCITIES is looking forward to working together with the Estonian Presidency towards a more inclusive Europe!
Read the full Presidency programme here.