European Council meetings at the Austria Center Vienna

In the second half of 2018, Austria held the rotating presidency of the European Council for the third time, after its presidencies in 1998 and 2006. During this time, Austria served as an important political hub within the EU. The majority of conferences at ministerial level and meetings attended by Council functionaries took place at the Austria Center Vienna, which had designated permanent conference facility status.

The events held during the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council of the European Union took place in areas that were clearly separated from the venue’s day-to-day conference activities. For security reasons, special clearance was required to enter the spaces reserved for the EU Council meetings.

All other parts of the Austria Center Vienna were available for regular event organisers and participants to use.

Copyright: (pictures 1-5), IAKW-AG/Ludwig Schedl (pictures 6-8)

What is the EU Council presidency?

The Council of the European Union is the institution that represents the member states' governments. Also known informally as the EU Council or the Council of Ministers, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

The presidency of the Council (also called the Council presidency) rotates every 6 months in a set sequence among the 28 EU member states. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work in the Council.

For additional information on the EU Council Presidency (e.g. schedule, list of events, press accreditation etc.) visit

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