Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018
Austria assumed its third presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2018, following its presidencies in 1998 und 2006. Within the 6-month presidency, many events ranging from informal ministerial meetings and conferences to expert meetings and cultural events will take place in Austria.
The Austrian Presidency's initiatives on gender equality
In the field of Gender Equality, Austria uses her Presidency of the Council of the European Union to inspire an open and future-oriented dialogue on gender equality. Austria aims at restoring political attention for and strengthening the discourse on gender equality in the EU, i.a. with the following initiatives:
- The European conference Gender Equality and YOU will take place in Vienna on 11-12 October 2018. Further information thereto are available at the conference website www.genderequalityandyou.at.
- Additionally, two informal ministerial meetings will be held:
- The High-Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming already met in Vienna in July 2018.
The 'Trio Presidency'
To ensure the continuity of the EU's work in the Council, successive presidencies work together in groups of three. The Trio Presidency adopts a common programme determining the priorities and objectives that will be addressed by the Council over the 18‑month period covered by their presidencies.
The current Trio Presidency is made up of the presidencies of Austria and its predecessors Estonia (in the second half of 2017) and Bulgaria (in the first half of 2018). There is a joint programme for the entire 18‑month period of the current Trio Presidency.
Information on Equality of Women and Men in Austria
On the occasion of the Austrian EU-Presidency a brochure was edited. It provides a compact overview on the milestones and the current situation of gender equality in Austria.