Belgium’s turn holding the rotating presidency of the European Union for six months has begun, taking over from Spain.
It aims to tackle financial regulation and economic coordination among its priorities, this with a caretaker government and mutual support between the permanent president of the European Council and the rotating presidency.
Steven Vanackere is Belgium’s acting Minister for Foreign Affairs:
“It is a tremendous honor for us to be able to start the 1st. of July, a precious day and looking at the weather, it is a good augure for a presidency.”
Domestic political uncertainty is not expected to affect the EU presidency.
This founder member of the bloc has held the presidency 12 times already.