Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union
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.