Germany EU Council presidency, set to start 1st July 2020

On 1 July, Germany will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union – for the 13th time. Germany last held the EU Council Presidency during the first half of 2007.

Germany has already launched the website, a communication platform that provides centralised access to all issues related to Germany’s EU Council Presidency. The platform – together with the Presidency’s social media channels – is intended to motivate a broad European public to get involved.

The German Presidency also marks the start of a new trio Presidency, together with Portugal and Slovenia. Together, they will work on an 18-month programme that is aligned with the six-month programmes of their respective Presidencies. Last 5th June, the 18-month Programme of the Council of the EU (1 July 2020 – 31 December 2021) was presented by the future German, Portuguese and Slovenian EU Presidencies.

It highlights the EU Industrial strategy as a one of the priorities, stating that the three Presidencies will do their utmost to restore and further deepen the Single Market, take forward the Green transition and the Digital transformation, strive for digital sovereignty, ensure the strategic autonomy of the EU through a dynamic industrial policy, support SMEs and start-ups, screen foreign direct investment.

See the programme attached

Source: EU 2020 and EU Council


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