The Rotating Presidency – Ambitions and Realities

Each Member State taking over the rotating presidency aims at leaving its own imprint on the integration process of the European Union, increasing its role as a member of the European Union and if it manages in doing it successfully, it can derive more long-lasting results through developing leadership and impact. The countries that take over the presidency for the first time usually show greater ambition, wish to achieve success by all means, with which they can prove themselves to be full members of the European Union, due to which reason they put a lot of effort and energy in holding the presidency. The ambitions of the presidency, however, should meet the realities so that there are no disappointments and intentional political speculations. More on this subject and on the priorities of the forthcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018 – in the analysis by Prof. Ingrid Shikova.