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Austrian EU Presidency - Informal Meeting of Heads of State or Government

Salzburg, Austria
20 September 2018

On 1 July 2018, Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time after 1998 and 2006. The motto of the Presidency is "A Europe that protects". With the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the role of the rotating Presidency has changed due to the creation of the posts of the President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as the extension of competences of the European Parliament. As holder of the Council Presidency, Austria will contribute significantly to the legislative and political work of the Council, but the possibilities to shape the agenda are more limited than in 1998 and 2006.

Media advisory:


EUROVISION Special Events in cooperation with host broadcaster ORF will offer the following facilities onsite:


  • HD/SD Standup position for Live programme inserts
  • HD/SD Playout
  • Non-equipped workspaces with access to HD/SD Host Broadcaster signal
  • HD/SD Connectivity to the Eurovision Global Network

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