The presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) rotates among the EU Member States every six months and the country holding the presidency drives forward the Council's work.
Latvia for the first time was assuming this task from 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015 taking it over from Italy and afterwards handing over the reins of the presidency to Luxembourg.
The logo for the Latvian presidency of the Council of the European Union was based on the classic image of the grinding stone. The circular stone has been known throughout Europe for centuries and is rich in associations. The grinding stone was once a significant innovation and a trigger of change in households across Europe. Today, it remains the instrument that brings about bread, the symbol of nourishment and prosperity. Made from stone, it can endure centuries of motion and still sustain productivity.