Sweden is assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union at a time of historic challenges for Member States and the Union as a whole. Russia’s illegal, unacceptable and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is a threat to European security, with dire consequences for migration, as well as global food and energy supplies. Ukraine is fighting for its survival as a nation – and for the security and lives of its citizens. The EU and its Member States have rallied unprecedented support for Ukraine and will remain firmly by its side. Continued cooperation with trusted partners, including a strong transatlantic link, needs to be secured.
European economies are severely affected by Russia’s war as well as the ongoing manipulation of energy supply. Rising inflation levels, interest rates and energy prices have left companies and citizens struggling. While decisive action has been taken, it is imperative that we stay firm in our transition to the green economy and safeguard the basis of our economic model for long-term growth.
Sweden, which voted in a right-wing coalition government in September, has set out the following four priorities, which it says reflect positions the country has traditionally advocated in the EU and also respond to the economic and geopolitical challenges the bloc is facing:
- The green transition
- Democratic values and the rule of law
As usual, we will closely follow the Presidency’s program and inform you accordingly. More at: https://swedish-presidency.consilium.europa.eu/en/programme/priorities/