On 1 January 2023, Sweden will begin its third Presidency of the Council of the European Union. With Russia still waging war in Ukraine, the Swedish Presidency will be faced with continued geopolitical challenges, as well as potentially worsening economic and energy crises.
At the same time, Sweden’s Presidency comes at the start of the final full year before the May 2024 European elections. With the past and current crises having shifted policymaker priorities in recent years, Sweden faces the pressure of a backlog of files to advance before the end of the 2019- 2024 mandate.
As part of its work programme, the Swedish Presidency set out four priorities:
- Security – unity;
- Resilience – competitiveness;
- Prosperity – green & energy transition;
- Democratic values and the rule of law – our foundation.
Leveraging Kekst CNC’s expertise in both Brussels and Stockholm, this report provides an overview of the Swedish Presidency from a national perspective, before presenting and analysing its priorities in the following areas: Energy & Sustainability; Competition & Industrial Policy; Technology, Media & Telecommunications; and Health.