02 / 07 / 2019
As of 1 July 2019, Finland holds the EU Council Presidency for the second half of 2019, following Romania. The priorities of Finland’s Presidency are:
According to Finland’s Presidency Programme, EU should take full advantage of research, development, innovation and digitalisation. The Horizon Europe framework programme, focused on open competition and excellence-based research, would be an essential tool in this connection. Finland will also be the first presidency to integrate the new priorities of the Strategic Agenda 2019–2024 into the Council’s work.