It’s 1 July, the first day of the Swedish presidency of the European Union. I’m looking forward to some challenging and exciting six months, that will require a lot of hard work and creative leadership.
It’s no secret that Sweden will be leading Europe in a difficult time. The European Union is facing a number of challenges, and the presidency will work under very specific conditions. But we are not afraid of taking up the challenge. The presidency’s ambition is to achieve results on a range of issues where citizens expect the Union to deliver. While working to create better conditions for growth and jobs, we will also need to unite the world in the struggle against climate change.
The Swedish presidency will be officially opened at the open-air museum Skansen in Stockholm tonight, with world class artists performing music, dance and acrobatics. The ceremony will be held in presence of The King and The Queen, the Swedish government and the European Commission. Czech EU Minister Stefan Füle will be to hand over a glass baton to me, marking the transfer of the presidency between our two countries. Everyone is welcome to the opening ceremony at Skansen at 6.30pm!
As from today, I will use this blog to tell readers about the work of the Swedish presidency and to comment on debates, meetings and other current developments within the European Union. I hope you will join me during the next six months!