Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union

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As of July 1st 2020, Germany took over the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union, under the motto: “Together for Europe’s recovery”.

The presidency of the council is held by a EU member state and rotates every 6-months. Historically, the presidency has 2 main tasks:

  • Planning and chairing meetings in the Council and its preparatory bodies
  • Representing the Council in relations with the other EU institutions

As of now, one of the main objectives for Germany is to lead Europe to go through COVID-19 pandemic crisis and prepare the next EU budget, together with other major activities outside the European Union. Before the end of the year, the presidency’s agenda includes managing a Brexit agreement, EU-China and EU-Africa relations, gestion of the conflict in the Middle East and the upcoming US elections, amongst others.


More information:

German presidency website


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