The Council of the European Union does not have a permanent Chairperson like the European Commission or the European Parliament. Instead, the EU Presidency is hold by a Member State for only six months.
The "Team Presidency (Trio)" was introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon for better cooperation and continuity (Council Decision 2009/881/EU). Since then, three member states are cooperating for a period of 18 months. For six months Committee and Council meetings are be chaired by one Member Country assited by the other two. The current Team Presidency is held by the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.
The order of Presidencies until 2030 has been adjusted by Council decision (26 July 2016) after the accession of Croatia (2013) and the referendum on United Kingdom EU membership (2016).
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