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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 Finnish Presidency of the Council took place during the second half of 1999, taking over from Germanyand passing it to Portugal.
Depicts on the left side a face of a woman facing left, whose breath turns into a flame; along the top edge country name in Finnish and date, along the bottom country name in Swedish Finland and abbreviation "EU". Engraver's initial R among woman's hair after FINLAND.
Depicts rowan tree branches and berries, value in Finnish (first) and Swedish (second).
Inscription "President" in Finnish, Swedish and Sami
- PUHEENJOHTAJA - ORDFÖRANDE - SAGADOALLI