Romania officially took over the EU Council Presidency on January 1 2019. The rotating presidency of the Council at intervals of six months has been an institutional practice since 1958. The responsible member state has to steer the European leadership through important milestones and troubled waters, currently including issues such as Brexit, the negotiation on the EU’s 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the European elections in May and last but not least the adoption of the European Council’s Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 at its upcoming meeting in June 2019. The Romanian Presidency aims on four key priorities: a Europe of convergence, a safer Europe, a Europe as a stronger global actor, and a Europe of common values. CESI calls for an adequate consideration of employment and social affairs.