Finland's EU Presidency 2006
Each EU member state in turn has the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. Finland will have the EU Presidency from 1 July until 31 December 2006.
It is the task of the EU Presidency to chair the sessions of the Council and the European Council. The Presidency also chairs and prepares meetings of working groups and committees. The Presidency also represents the Council in relation to the other institutions of the European Union and the European Union in the external relations.
The foundation for the present co-operation in justice and home affairs was created during the previous Finnish Presidency at the European Council meeting in Tampere in 1999. Finland’s current Presidency will continue the strong development of this policy area on the basis of the Hague Programme. The assessment of the implementation of the programme during Finland’s Presidency will provide good opportunities for co-operation.
In the area of legal affairs, the goals of Finland’s Presidency include the efficient implementation of decisions that have been agreed upon and the development of co-operation among authorities in the member states. It has the further aim of deepening EU co-operation on civil and criminal law. Another priority is developing anti-terrorism work while respecting human and fundamental rights.
The focus will be on projects that further the implementation of the principle of mutual recognition. This will entail that a decision by a court in one member state will be immediately enforceable in another.
Finland’s EU Presidency
Preliminary agenda for Finland’s EU Presidency (PDF file, 16 pages)
EU Council programme of activities for 2006, drawn up by Austria and Finland (PDF file, 59 pages)
Finland’s EU Presidency 2006 (Council of State pages)
List of all meetings during the Presidency (Council of State pages)
The Hague Programme: strengthening freedom, security and justice in the EU (PDF-file, 14 pages)
Updated on 3 July 2006