Europe and the EU

EU Presidency event 
18 Jan 2018 15:30 - 18:00
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Every six months the EU presidency rotates. Per 1 January 2018 Estonia has passed the baton to Bulgaria, so now was a good time to reflect on the past presidency, but also to look ahead. How did the Estonian EU presidency fare, what were its major achievements and which challenges would lie ahead?

Estonian Deputy Minister for European Affairs Matti Maasikas, the Ambassador of Bulgaria Rumen Alexandrov, and our Clingendael experts shared their views in our EU Presidency event.  


  • 15.30: Welcome with coffee, tea
  • 16.00: Keynote 'The State of the EU: a reflection on the Estonian presidency’ by Matti Maasikas, Estonian Deputy Minister for European Affairs
  • 16.20: Debate 'How to take Estonia’s work forward?' with initial responses on
    • Next steps; the Bulgarian presidency by Rumen Alexandrov, Ambassador of Bulgaria 
    • Migration by Fransje Molenaar, Migration expert Clingendael Institute 
    • European security & defence by Margriet Drent, Security expert Clingendael Institute
  • 16.45: Q&A
  • 17.15: Closing drinks

The debate was moderated by Rem Korteweg.

Panel discussion at the EU Presidency debate

Panel discussion with (l. to r.) Rumen Alexandrov, Rem Korteweg, Matti Maasikas and Margriet Drent