In the second half of 2017, Estonia will take on the presidency of the EU Council for the first time.
Unarguably, Europe is currently facing complex internal and external challenges, including the start of the negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the EU. Among other things, slow growth and persistently high unemployment in many Member States, the ongoing migrant and refugee flows and heightened terrorism threats are spreading uncertainty, making people susceptible to populist movements. No country has a magic wand to resolve such economic and political pressures during its six-month Presidency. However, Estonia will work hard to move things forward in a positive direction that benefits both the Member States and the Union.