The Swedish presidency of the Council of the EU: 1 January – 30 June 2023

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During the first half of 2023, Sweden holds the presidency of the Council of the EU. Sweden has identified four priorities for the work under its third presidency of the Council:

  • security – unity
  • competitiveness
  • green & energy transition
  • democratic values and the rule of law – our foundation

Logo of the EU Council and the Swedish presidency

The Swedish presidency will prioritize continued economic and military support for Ukraine, as well as support for Ukraine’s path toward the EU. It will devote its attention to European competitiveness, reducing risks of volatile energy prices and energy market reform, the green transition and the upholding of the rule of law.

Our unity and readiness to act remain key to EU security, resilience and prosperity. Sweden is taking over the presidency at a time when the European Union is facing unprecedented challenges. A greener, more secure and freer Europe is the foundation of our priorities.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, presentation of the political priorities of the Swedish presidency, 14 December 2022

Click here to read Prime Minister Ulf Christersson’s Speech regarding The Government’s priorities and the programme of the upcoming Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU