Paavo Palk

Paavo Palk

Head of the Political Department of the European Commission Representation in Estonia, historian



  • History of Presidency of European Union – Attention shifted from administration to politics *

    08 June 2017


    RiTo No. 35, 2017

    Organization of meetings and events in the Presidency country as well as laying out of the agenda and facilitating the agreements have always been the main tasks of the Presidency country of the EU. The increased number of Member-States and discussion topics has also increased the importance of the Presidency country in influencing politics throughout the EU’s history. As the number of Member-States has increased, their interests have also become more diverse. And when the European Parliament received more rights to participate in the decision-making processes the Presidency country was forced to work more actively towards finding compromises in the EU legislation. From that point onwards it went beyond merely organizing meetings.

    * Responsibility for the views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

  • The future of Europe: union or federal state?

    14 June 2002


    RiTo No. 5, 2002

    The objective of the European Convention was to work out recommendations on the future shape of the EU.