The paper at hand deals with the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from different perspectives and finally, with the question if Presidencies can function as driving forces for the development of the EU. The second chapter describes the individual stages in the development of the Presidency as well as its legal basis enshrined in the foundation treaties, their alterations as well as amendments in successive treaties. Chapter three focuses on the position of the Presidencies of the Council of the European Union within the institutional system of the EU. Especially, the Council of Ministers, its historic development, institutional structure, and function with the presidential context will be described. Subsequently, the historic background and the important role of the European Council within the process of European integration will be discussed. Chapter four will show that a Presidency's freedom to act is highly limited. Afterwards, it will be explained what functions Presidencies have to fulfil and which factors complicate respectively facilitate their tasks. Chapter five will emphasise on a selection of the most important Presidencies and their thematic focuses and results. Based on the previous results, the sixth chapter will examine, if Presidencies can function as driving forces for the further development of the EU. Finally, the Presidency's impact on European integration will be analysed.