While the corona pandemic continues, Germany took over the six-month presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July.
The coronavirus represents a significant challenge for the EU and immediate management of the pandemic and recovery are at the heart of the German programme for the presidency.
The aim is to reach a swift agreement on the recovery fund and the EU’s budget 2021-2027. Germany intends to make progress on climate protection, through the European Green Deal, and economic and social digitalisation. With a focus on Africa and relations with China, it also wants Europe to take more global responsibility and strengthen its role in the world. Another priority will be future EU-UK-relations.
German priorities for the presidency are
– Overcoming Covid-19 pandemic; 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
Althought the first priority of the upcoming German presidency of the Council will be coordinating the European response to the coronavirus crisis, the debate focused on which areas the German Presidency could give an impulse to, including the fight against online hate speech and disinformation, guaranteeing the security of Jewish communities and institutions, and promoting Holocaust education. This presidency might be the opportunity to strengthen initiatives to fight antisemitism, building on the momentum acheived by the historic Council declaration of 6 December 2018 and adopting best practices from across the EU.