From 1 January to 30 June 2018, Bulgaria will hold the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. This will be the country’s first time at the helm as it marks this year 10 years of EU membership. Their chosen Presidency motto of “United we stand strong” reflects this important milestone and the tangible difference that a decade of European integration has made for this Balkan nation. Coming between the Estonian and Austrian Presidencies, the country will be responsible for handling the last new initiatives of the Juncker Commission and negotiate several controversial political dossiers that will have significant impact on the future of the Union. We hope our Bulgarian Presidency Guide proves helpful in guiding your advocacy for the next six months.