Blog 15 min read 10 January 2024

‘Protect, Strengthen, Prepare’ – Belgium’s Presidency of the Council of the EU

Billions of citizens will go to the polls across the globe in 2024, a year which could further destabilize an already fractured geopolitical order. Ahead of Europe’s June elections, Belgium takes the helm of the Presidency of the Council of the EU from January 1— June 30. Belgium also faces Federal and Regional elections of its own on June 9.

According to its Work Programme, the Belgian Presidency’s focus therefore will be concluding priority legislation in time to be added to the European Parliament’s final plenary in April, as well as setting the tone and priorities for the 2024-2029 political mandate. Its Work Programme revolves around six central themes:

  1. Defending rule of law, democracy, and unity;
  2. Strengthening our competitiveness;
  3. Pursuing a green and just transition;
  4. Reinforcing our social and health agenda;
  5. Protecting people and borders; and
  6. Promoting a global Europe.

In this report, Adam Waters, Laure Botella, Flore Moens, and Brigitta Haraszin-Rozmayer from Kekst CNC Brussels analyze how the Belgian Presidency seeks to "Protect, Strengthen, Prepare" the EU for the challenges ahead.