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 took place in Austria.

The Austrian Presidency's initiatives on gender equality

In the field of Gender Equality, Austria used 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 '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 last Trio Presidency was 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.