By Xuefei Chen Axelsson
Stockholm, Feb.2 (CED) — Sweden assumes the Presidency of the European Council on Jan. 1, 2023 and will last till the end of June.
Sweden is assuming the Presidency at a time of historic challenges for the Member States and the Union as a whole. Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine is a threat to European security, with dire consequences for migration, as well as global food and energy supplies. The EU and its Member States have rallied unprecedented support for Ukraine and will remain firmly by its side.
European economies are severely affected by Russia’s war; rising inflation levels, interest rates and energy prices have left companies and citizens struggling. While decisive action has been taken, it is imperative that we stay firm in our transition to the green economy and safeguard the basis of our economic model for long-term growth. Our unity and readiness to act remain key to EU security, resilience and prosperity.
EU cooperation with international partners is key. The Swedish Presidency intends to actively contribute to ensuring that the EU develops and enhances its transatlantic cooperation with the United States, but also EU-NATO cooperation, and cooperation with the United Kingdom, Canada and Latin America. Sweden intends to continue the efforts to implement the Global Gateway Strategy to enhance global connectivity.
Sweden will continue to support ongoing efforts for a clear, united and effective EU policy on China, based on the interests and values of the EU. The Swedish Presidency will work to increase information exchange and strengthen consensus and solidarity on issues relating to China. The Swedish Presidency will also continue to implement the 2021 EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the conclusions of the 2022 ministerial conference. The focus will be on security and defence, value chains, climate and sustainability, and trade relations.