Finland’s Presidency drove forward an ambitious climate policy and strengthened the rule of law
Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union ran from 1 July to 31 December 2019. The Presidency’s task was to lead the Council's work and represent the Council in its relations with the other EU institutions. In June, the Finnish government chose ‘Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future’ as its Presidency slogan.
Four priorities were set out for the Presidency: common values and the rule of law as cornerstones of the EU; a competitive and socially inclusive EU; the EU as a global climate leader; and protecting the security of citizens comprehensively.