It was conclusively confirmed last week that, following Brexit, Estonia’s presidency of the EU will no longer coincide with the country’s centennial during the first half of 2018 as originally scheduled but rather take place half a year earlier, during the second half of 2017.

Shortly following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, popularly referred to as Brexit, Estonia notified that it would be ready to move up its scheduled presidency if needed. Preparations were immediately begun for the new period as well. On July 20, the UK announced its decision to waive carrying out its scheduled presidency of the EU during the second half of 2017. Estonia had been scheduled to take over the presidency following the UK, or for the first half of 2018. According to the new schedule, Estonia will be taking over the presidency from Malta, and will be followed in 2018 in turn first by Bulgaria, then by Austria.

As there are already several large conferences planned for 2017, fast pre-bookings for events are highly recommended.