BULGARIAN PRESIDENCY 1. JANUARY- 30. JUNE 2018
Bulgaria took the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2018 and was replaced by Estonia. BG PRES was part of the Estonia – Bulgaria – Austria Trio. The common programme of the trios was officially approved 20. July 2017, and priorities focused on security, strengthening the EU's external borders, economic growth and competitiveness. The motto of the presidency was "United ww stay strong". BG PRES focused on four key areas, which were the future of Europe and young people, the Western Balkans, security and stability, and the digital economy.