Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Spain Holds The Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 9.5.1989.
This first day cover and the stamp on it were issued by Spain to commemorate the holding of The Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 1989.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but rather the position is held by a national government. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the President of the European Union. The presidency's function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions.
Spain joined the European Community in 1986 and since then it has held the European Presidency on three different occasions.