Seminar 23 May: Changing of the Guards in the Council: what to expect when Sweden hands on the presidency to Spain?

Ahead of the end of Sweden’s presidency of the Council and the beginning of Spain’s, SIEPS hosted a discussion, together with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Nordic Countries (KAS), on what Sweden had achieved during its presidency, how the state of international affairs was affecting the daily work of the EU, and expectations of the upcoming Spanish presidency. The seminar was held at Hotel At Six on 23 May, 12:00-13.00.

Maintaining the cohesion of the European Union in its response to Russia’s war in Ukraine was a key priority for the Swedish presidency. At the same time, work on the Green Deal and the migration pact proceeded during the spring. During the seminar, discussions revolve around the Swedish presidency’s priorities and the Spanish priorities for the following six months, as well as how the latter might be affected by what Sweden managed to achieve. To consider these questions, SIEPS and KAS gathered a panel of EU experts from Spain and Sweden.


  • 23 May 2023 12:00 - 13:00
  • Hotel At Six, Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm
  • Gabriele Baumann, Head of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Nordic countries (opening speech)
  • Göran von Sydow, Director, Sieps (opening speech)
  • Louise Bengtsson, Senior Researcher, Sieps
  • Ignacio Molina, Senior Researcher, Real Instituto Elcano
  • Ylva Nilsson, Journalist
  • Jakob Lewander, Researcher, Sieps
  • A recording of the seminar will be available to watch shortly.