Presidency Handover Ceremony in the Hague

Presidency Handover Ceremony in the Hague

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jun 30, 2017

On the 28 June a Presidency Handover ceremony was held at the Embassy in the Hague with the presence of the Heads of Mission of EU Member States, candidate countries, EU agencies, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The ceremony was held for the first time in the Hague and a commemorative plaque was prepared by Embassy for the occasion and features the flags of the EU and the Netherlands. The plaque was presented to the Estonian Ambassador as a symbol of the EU Presidency that will be handed over to successive rotating Presidencies, with the hope that this tradition will continue in the coming years.

During the ceremony Ambassador Cole highlighted the main achievements of the Maltese Presidency, particularly the end of roaming charges, the Malta declaration on the external aspects of Migration and the adoption of the Regulation on visa liberalisation for neighbouring Ukrainian citizens. It was a very eventful six months with elections taking place in France, UK and particularly the Netherlands. Moreover the EU agenda included preparations for Brexit negotiations, reflections on the future of the EU and dealing with a future-proof migration agreement. It was also an occasion for the Estonian Ambassador to provide a preview of the priorities that the Estonian Presidency will pursue in the coming 6 months.