As of 1 July 2017, Estonia will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Malta, which held the Presidency during the first half of 2017. For this period, the Estonian Presidency has recently presented its political priorities.
On 15 June 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) published the opinion of Advocate General Szpunar in the English Bridge Union (EBU) Case (C-90/16). The case is based on a referral for preliminary ruling by the British Upper Tribunal to the ECJ on the question whether contract or duplicate bridge is a sport within article 132(1) (m) of the Principal VAT Directive.
On 19 May 2017, the NOC of Portugal officially became a bilateral partner of the EOC EU Office. This partnership was formalised through the signing of the partnership agreement at the occasion of the EOC Seminar in Skopje, FYROM. The NOC of Portugal was represented by General Director Joao Almeida whereas the EOC was represented by acting President Janez Kocijancic.