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Rotating Presidency and External Relations

In the sphere of external relations, the rotating presidency chairs only a limited number of working parties and committees. Most of the working parties in this policy area are chaired by a permanent chair, i.e. a representative of the High Representative for External Relations and Security. Nonetheless the rotating presidency has specific coordinating and organizational tasks and may be closely involved in international affairs. Presidency staff attending working parties chaired by a permanent chair will be briefed on potential tasks and responsibilities.

Informations pratiques

This is a classroom-based briefing session that will take place at BOSA, WTC III, Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30, Brussels.

Duration: 9.00 – 16.00

Sessions will be organised in September and October 2023.




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  • Points +

    The overall aim of this seminar is to brief presidency staff attending working parties chaired by a permanent chair on potential tasks and responsibilities.

  • Pour qui ?

    Presidency staff attending working parties chaired by a permanent chair; experts attending working parties "External relations".


    This training helps you prepare for your role during the Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU in 2024 and is only for those who have been designated by their organisations to play an active role in this presidency.

    If you doubt whether this training is for you, please contact the SPOC at your organisation designated for the presidency or the human resources department of your organisation.

  • Connaissances préalables

    This seminar is held in English; sufficient English proficiency is required.

  • Au programme

    • EUCO and external relations
    • Role of the rotating Presidency in external relations
    • PSC (Political and Security Committee)
    • Trade
    • Defence
    • United Nations
    • Views from a former Presidency