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Energy and environmental priorities of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the EU

Malta has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for the next six months (1 January-30 June 2017). It is now time to take a look at its energy and environmental policy priorities, and what will be on its agenda until the summer.
The programme of the Maltese presidency is based on both joint and more singular interests. A new system has been established after the 2009 Lisbon Treaty to run the presidency work in groups of three Member States or "trios", covering a period of 18 months, complemented by a more detailed programme for the 6-month presidency of each Member State. This post reflects this dynamic, and starts with a rapid review of the Trio-programme, then a review of the Maltese presidency programme, before ending by a personal analysis .

Happy Year 2017 to all readers!