The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: A Semester of Contrasting Outcomes

in Volume 30 (2015): Issue 1 (Sep 2015): The Year of the Bulldozer. Guest Editors: Chris Hanretty and Stefania Profeti

On 1 July 2014, Italy took over the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. Expectations for the Italian presidency were high. This chapter argues that these expectations were always unrealistic, as the Italian presidency had to deal with the fallout of the European Parliament elections. Nevertheless, Italy managed to pursue its interests by securing important nominations to the European Commission, pushing the EU to do more on migration policy, and encouraging moves to foster greater investment at the European level.