Under the motto “Together for Europe’s recovery”, Germany has established its focus areas for the country's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Federal Cabinet has now approved the draft presidency programme.
With the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union is facing the greatest challenge in its history. During Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, the country will do everything in its power to overcome this issue. The objective is to make Europe stronger again by working together and looking to the future.
On 1 July 2020, Germany will take over as chair of the Council of the European Union, what is known as the Presidency of the Council of the EU, for a six-month term. During this period Germany will chair all meetings of the Council and all preparatory bodies such as committees and working groups.
The programme’s focus areas
The programme for Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU will focus directly on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus must be curbed, the European economy must recover and social cohesion in Europe must be reinforced. In order to achieve this, Germany is committed to joint approved action, European solidarity and common values.
The expectations are high for Germany to drive ahead with other important issues concerning the future, too. In this respect, Germany is planning to examine the great transformation processes of our time - such as climate change and digitalisation - within the framework of its presidency. It is also looking at strengthening Europe's ability to act beyond its borders, as this is the only way Europe can defend its interests and exercise its responsibility in the world.
Guiding principles of Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU
The programme is based on the following guiding principles:
-overcoming the consequences of the coronavirus crisis for the long-term as well as economic and social recovery,
-a stronger and more innovative Europe,
-a fair Europe,
-a sustainable Europe,
-a Europe of security and common values,
-a strong Europe in the world.
Especially in times like these, Europe must stand close together. The overarching objective is to work together to make Europe strong again and set the course for a successful future in Europe.
What happens next?
Out of respect for Croatia’s current presidency, the national programme for Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will not be published until 30 June. This programme will apply for the duration of its Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July through 31 December 2020.