The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2016.
Holding the EU Presidency involves mediating and brokering compromises between the 28 EU member states and between EU institutions like the Council, European Commission and European Parliament. This sixth-month Presidency rotates between all the member states.
The Netherlands wants the European Union to focus on what matters to Europe’s citizens and businesses. The priorities are prosperity, freedom and security. Examples include health care, education, pensions and taxation. See http://english.eu2016.nl/ to know what the Netherlands want to accomplish, the events and the news.
There is a cultural programme 'Europe by People' as well and a special temporary 3D- printed Europe building has been designed for this presidency.