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    Belgium holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2024. The FPS Economy also has an essential role to play in the presidency.

    What is the Council of the European Union?

    The Council of the European Union is one of the key institutions that sets the direction of the EU and steers the legislative process. The Council is made up of the competent ministers from the 27 Member States of the European Union and is chaired alternately by one of the Member States for a six-month period.

    Source: figure taken from the website of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

    What does the presidency mean for Belgium?

    As president of the Council, Belgium leads the European agenda. Our country acts as a neutral mediator to lead the legislative work and seek compromises between EU Member States.

    The three roles of the FPS Economy

    The FPS Economy also plays an important role in the Belgian presidency of the Council. Exactly what that role entails is explained below.

    1. Provide coordination

    During the Belgian presidency, the FPS Economy coordinates the preparation of Council of Ministers sessions for the following European policy areas:

    • COMPET (internal market, consumer protection, competition, intellectual property, etc.)
    • TTE - Transport (not coordinated by the FPS), Telecommunications and Energy

    The FPS Economy's EU and International Unit manages this coordination. 

    This unit is the FPS's point of contact for preparations for the 2024 presidency. It ensures that the FPS's work fits within with the presidency's programme, and conversely that this programme takes account of the FPS's priorities.  

    2. Chair or support Council working groups

    The FPS Economy is also involved in:

    • topical issues such as the ecological transition, digital inclusion and security of supply
    • trade policy
    • statistical policy

    The FPS Economy plays a supporting role in the above areas. This support consists more specifically of two tasks:

    • chairing EU Council working groups
    • providing expertise to EU Council working groups

    3. Organise events

    During the Belgian presidency, a number of summits and conferences will take place during which important decisions will be taken on the future of the European Union.
    The FPS Economy will organise no fewer than 24 events over 22 weeks during the Belgian presidency. 

    Who are we working with? 

    The FPS Economy is working with a wide range of people and organisations to guarantee the success of the Belgian presidency:

    • the Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
    • the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union
    • the FPS Foreign Affairs, including the Taskforce for the presidency
    • the FPS Policy and Support (BOSA)
    • other FPSs
    • the cabinets
    • the regional authorities
    • the other Member States
    • Belgian and European business federations
    • the European Economic and Social Committee
    • the European Investment Bank
    • etc.

    Important dates of the Belgian presidency for our FPS

    Date Activity

    8 December 2023

    Launch of the Belgian presidency website and presentation of the logo

    5 January 2024

    Opening concert

    8-9 February 2024

    Informal Industry and Internal Market Council

    4 March 2024

    Formal Energy Council

    7 March 2024

    Formal Industry and Internal Market Council

    15-16 April 2024

    Informal energy council with all energy ministers,
    organised by the FPS Economy

    18-19 April 2024

    Informal Consumer Protection Council with all
    the ministers responsible for consumer protection,
    organised by the FPS Economy

    24 May 2024

    Formal Industry and Internal Market Council

    30 May 2024

    Formal Energy Council


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    Last update
    22 January 2024