The Maltese presidency of the EU will see Malta truly come of age. It is a real chance for the country to leave its mark on the rest of Europe at a time of great change in the world.


The Maltese Presidency comes at a challenging time, when the very existence of the EU is being put to test. Brexit, the economic crisis, Mediterranean migration, security and terrorismare constantly in the news.


As president of the Council of the EU, Malta will chair meetings at ministerial, committee and working group level. More than 1,000 meetings are expected to be held between January and June with around 20,000 delegates visiting Malta during the six month period.


The Palace in Valletta has been chosen as the main presidency venue. It will host a wide variety of summits which will include both high-level and ministerial meetings.


All the meetings in Malta will decide on policy direction, while the decisions will be taken in Brussels. The next opportunity for Malta to hold the EU presidency will be in 2030.