What is the Council of the European Union?
The Council of the European Union is one of the primary institutions of the community; together with the European Parliament, it discusses laws based on proposal from the European Commission. The Council coordinates the policies of the member states, specifically foreign policy, and security policy of the EU, and it also concludes agreements on behalf of the EU with international organizations and other countries.
The Council is comprised of one representative from each member state at the ministerial level. Each minister for a given policy area is thus a representative of their country, and they speak for it in the council. The council has ten configurations that covers all of the categories of policies of the EU.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a position that functions on a rotation basis. Each member state holds the presidency for a period of six months, with the exception of the foreign affairs configuration, which is chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.
Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the EU
To ensure continuity in the Council’s work, the presidency is held by a group of three member-states for a period of 18 months, wherein they must prepare and implement a common agenda. Bulgaria is part of the Estonia-Bulgaria-Austria trio, and it has just recently assumed the presidency as of January 2018.
Centry has an established presence in Bulgaria, with a handful of employees and an office in Sofia.
We support Finnish and other Nordic companies in expanding their business to Bulgarian markets, and vice versa. One of our areas of expertise is to facilitate companies entering new business areas, and this is just the opportunity for it!
We are honored to be able to have a close partnership with the Bulgarian Embassy to Finland, and it has been our privilege to give our support to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU!
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