Description

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.

The Slovenian Presidency of the Council took place during the first half of 2008, taking over from Portugal and passing it to France.

This is the first ever series of collectors' coins issued by Slovenia.

Engraver: Gorazd Učakar

Obverse

Depicts 27 dynamic stars, one for each of the 27 EU Member States.

SLOVENIJA 3 EURO 2008

Reverse

Depicts a "dynamic" EU star in the form of a windmill, surrounded by the inscriptions "Presidency of the European Union January - June 2008" and "Works speak". This star represents Slovenia's initiative, movement, energy, volition, strength and active role during the EU presidency.

PREDSEDOVANJE EVROPSKI UNIJI - JANUAR - JUNIJ 2008
FACTA LOQUUNTUR

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Nickel Brass
Center Cupronickel
Weight 15 g
Diameter 32 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Dutch Mint (KNM)

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