Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU published its program for the next six months (1 July to 31 December 2019).
As the middle member of the current Trio of Presidencies, Finland takes over from Romania and will pass on the torch to Croatia at the end of the year. The key priorities of the Finns’ agenda include:
Under the second priority area, the digitalisation of the health sector is seen as an important driver for new business opportunities and social inclusion. Horizon Europe is seen as the key framework help boost the technological change, which includes the exploitation of the full potential of Big Data and artificial intelligence.
Finland’s openness to digitalisation is an opportunity to the Alliance to push for the inclusion of CM&S into the Council’s work programme.
This Presidency will also seek to finalise the Council negotiations on the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period 2021−2027 period.