We are celebrating the opening of the six-month period during which Spain holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, from 1 July to 31 December.
During this six-month Presidency, the representatives of the Kingdom of Spain will chair the Council configurations, with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council. Our representatives also chair the preparatory bodies, i.e. the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) and the vast majority of the working groups. More than a thousand meetings take place during these six months, bringing together technical experts in each of the areas under discussion as well as the ministers responsible for each sector.
The role of the Presidency is to facilitate the Council's work by submitting proposals and organising scheduled meetings, and to promote consensus in support of the general interest. The rotating Presidency also represents the Council in its relations with the institutions of the European Union, including the European Commission and the European Parliament.
The Council of the EU negotiates and adopts not only legal acts, but also other non-legislative documents, such as conclusions, resolutions and declarations, which have no legal effect and are therefore not binding.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Economy is responsible for chairing the Council in its Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) formation when it deals with matters within the competence of this Ministry and its relevant working groups, and participates in negotiations on files opened in this area of the Union's work. Actions in the field of health and safety at work are included in this area.
The Institute dedicates this website to providing information on issues related to health and safety at work in the framework of the Spanish Presidency, with updated information.