Finland’s EU Presidency 2006
Finland’s six-month EU Presidency will begin on 1 July 2006. Austria will hold the rotating EU Presidency during the first half of 2006.
The Prime Minister’s Office is responsible for the coordination and preparation of the Presidency. The Government Secretariat for EU Affairs will prepare the subject matters to be focused on during the Presidency whereas technical meeting arrangements will handled by the EU Presidency Secretariat.
The Commission’s three-year strategic programme provides guidelines for the agenda of Finland’s EU Presidency and Finland has, in collaboration with Austria, prepared a working programme that covers the entire year 2006.
The official website for Finland’s EU Presidency will be opened on 31 May 2006 at www.eu2006.fi and www.ue2006.fi. The website will provide access to Presidency press releases and statements, meeting calendar and basic information on Finland’s Presidency. There will also be a special section for media information.
The Preliminary agenda
Work programme of the Council for 2006
Ministers discussed the preliminary agenda for Finland’s EU Presidency (Government Communications Unit, Press release 351/2005)
The priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the EU (Press release 265/2005, Government Communications Unit)
Memo: Towards Finland’s Presidency of the EU