Spain will preside the European Council from July -December 2023

Founded in 1986, La Coordinadora de Organizaciones para el Desarrollo (Spanish Development NGO Platform, La Coordinadora) is a national network of organizations and social platforms working in the field of development, international solidarity, humanitarian action, education for global citizenship and the defence of human rights anywhere in the world. Composed of 75 member organizations, six associates and 17 regional coordinators. In total, more than 600 organizations work in more than 100 countries defending human rights, gender equality and the protection of the planet.

On July 1st 2023, Spain will take the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. The Spanish Presidency will occur in the final stretch of the European institutional cycle, so many legislative projects should be closed. It is also doing so in a context impacted by a convulsive political situation due to Spain’s snap general election. 

Some of the critical milestones that will shape the agenda for these six months are the presentation of the EU’s first voluntary exam on the execution of the 2030 Agenda during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum; renewed bilateral relations between the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean within the framework of the European Union – Community of Caribbean and Latin American States (EU-CELAC) Summit; adoption of the Directives on Due Diligence and on combating gender-based violence and domestic violence; the Euro-Mediterranean and Southern Neighbourhood Summit; review of the EU Gender Action Plan III on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in External Relations 2021-2025 (GAP III); negotiations for processing and adopting the European Pact on Migration and Asylum; and the Regulation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) are some of the critical milestones that will define the six-month agenda for the Spanish Presidency.

In this context La Coordinadora has several proposals and demands with the objective of ensuring that all the decisions adopted in the EU during the Spanish Presidency are bound by three main principles: contributing to social justice and the reduction of inequality; respect and exercising human rights by guaranteeing the spaces and mechanisms needed for citizen participation; and driving a feminist, decolonial and intersectional focus.

La Coordinadora’s proposals for a more responsible Europe to the world

Summary Report

La Coordinadora will carry out different actions during this period focused on four lines of action:


International cooperation


Feminist foreign policy


Policy Coherence for sustainable development


Civic space

La Coordinadora hopes that the Government that assumes the Spanish Presidency will use this unique opportunity to champion the reorganisation of our societies through a fair triple transition (ecological, socioeconomic and digital) based on a feminist and policy coherence approach for sustainable development. This focus applies not only within the European Union but also to its external action and international cooperation policies.


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