In the first half of 2012, Denmark held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was the seventh time Denmark held the EU Presidency since joining the European Community in 1973.
The Presidency rotates between all EU member states and in the first six months of 2012, Denmark organized and led the work of the Council of Ministers. This was the first Danish presidency since the Lisbon Treaty, that changed the institutional landscape in the EU, has come into force.
Thirdly, the Lisbon Treaty has given the European Parliament a more influential role as co-legislator on almost all new legislation. This means that cooperation with the Parliament and other institutions was an important task during the Danish Presidency in 2012.