The Slovak Presidency begins at a time when the Union faces unprecedented challenges: the outcome of the UK Referendum necessitates discussion regarding the future of the Union; the migration crisis raises questions about the functioning of the Schengen area; the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels have exposed weaknesses in the area of internal security; the consequences of the economic and financial crisis are still rippling through the economies of the EU Member States. Nevertheless, the Slovak Presidency puts forward a positive agenda which seeks to promote solutions that take into account the long-term perspective of the EU.
From 1 July to 31 December 2016, Slovakia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.
This insight explores the programme of the Slovak Presidency in the light of Brexit, assessing its immediate ramification for the enlargement process. The insight also sets forth a comprehensive overview of what to expect in the next six months within other priority areas, particularly regarding the market and migration policy.