Estonian EU Council Presidency starts on 1 July 2017
On 1 July 2017, Estonia will take over the EU Council Presidency from Malta, for the second half of 2017. This is the first time Estonia will hold the EU Presidency, as it has been for Malta. Estonia has already presented its Presidency Programme. With regard to research and innovation, and in the light of the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation, Estonia intends to initiate a discussion on how to simplify the research and innovation partnering instruments, funded from the Framework Programme, and support the participation of newcomers.
Together with its successor Bulgaria and with Austria, which is due to hold the Council Presidency during the second half of 2018, Estonia is part of the new Trio Presidency, which has also published an eighteen-months Trio Presidency Programme. The Trio Programme includes, amongst others, a focus on "investment in growth and jobs, including research and innovation" .
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