French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, January to June 2022

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Information Guide providing an overview concerning the French presidency of the Council of the European Union, which runs from 1 January to 30 June 2022.

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France is one of the founding members of the European Union, and it has held the presidency of the Council of the European Union 12 times. This is the first of a Presidency Trio which also includes Czechia and Sweden. The motto of this Presidency is Recovery, strength and a sense of belonging.

The motto reflected the priorities of the French presidency:

  • Recovery, to enable the EU to support the ecological and digital transitions;
  • Strength, to defend and promote common values and interests;
  • Sense of belonging, to build and develop a shared EU vision through culture, values and common history.

According to a speech given by President Emmanuel Macron on 9 December 2021, the activities of the presidency were set to focus on three main areas:

  • Pursuing an agenda for European sovereignty;
  • Building a new European growth model;
  • Creating a more human-sized Europe.

The French presented and debated the priorities of this Council Presidency with the plenary of the European Parliament on 19 January 2022.

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Commentary and Analysis
Corporate Europe Observatory, 12/10/2021: France's EU presidency is being prepared in cooperation with French corporate interests
European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR): Podcasts, 22/10/2021: French Connection: Macron’s plans for Europe
European Student Think Tank: Articles & Blogs, 14/11/2021: Assessing the Incoming French Presidency to the Council of the European Union: Will the EU turn protectionist?
Politico, 18/11/2021: Why Macron is running from Europe
EUObserver: Opinion, 06/12/2021: How to 'Europeanise' the upcoming French EU presidency?
Human Rights Watch (HRW): News, 09/12/2021: France: Put Fundamental Rights at Top of EU Agenda
Sciences Po: Centre Etudes Europeennes: The 2022 French Presidency of the Council of the European Union Conference (9-10 December 2021)
The Local (France), 13/12/2021: What does it mean for France to take over EU presidency?
IE University: Insights, 16/12/2021: The French Elections, Much Ado about the EU
The Economist: Charlemagne, 18/12/2021: Emmanuel Macron’s tricky Christmas present
Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS): European Policy Analysis, January 2022: A Political Presidency: the 2022 French Presidency of the Council of the European Union
The Guardian, 03/01/2022: Why Europe’s Muslims are braced for France’s stint running the EU presidency
Politico, 03/01/2022: EU flag is collateral damage as French presidential campaign heats up
EPRS: Briefing, January 2022: Priority dossiers under the French EU Council Presidency
Euro|topics, January 2022: EU flag affair: Macron shows his colours
Social Europe, 19/01/2022: Macron wants EU ‘sovereignty’—but for whom?
The Economist, 22/01/2022: Emmanuel Macron’s rivals are less Eurosceptic than before
Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 10/02/2022: Judy Asks: Do the Europeans Trust France?
German Marshall Fund United States (GMFUS): Insights, 15/02/2022: Time for a New French Method to Promote European Sovereignty
European Policy Centre (EPC): Events, 28/03/2022: Rule of Law: Will the French Council Presidency deliver? [via Youtube]
Robert Schuman Foundation: European Issues No 637, 27/06/2022: France at the head of the Council: positive results despite the war
Friedrich Naumann Foundation: Interview, 05/07/2022: Taking Stock of the French Council Presidency in Migration Policy
European Environmental Bureau (EEB): News, 07/07/2022: French EU Presidency leaves much to be desired
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS): In Brief, 20/07/2022: Overall, the French EU Council Presidency was a success… but not everyone agrees
EUCRIM: News, 26/07/2022: Results of the French Council Presidency

Reuters, 09/10/2021: French EU presidency to push for worldwide end to death penalty, says Macron
Politico, 09/10/2021: Macron to use EU presidency to push for worldwide end of death penalty
RFI News, 07/12/2021: Emmanuel Macron outlines '3 axes' of France's upcoming EU presidency
Associated Press, 09/12/2021: Macron unveils EU agenda before French presidential race
The New York Times, 09/12/2021: A New Ambition for the European Union: ‘Power’
The Irish Times, 09/12/2021: Macron calls for stronger EU borders and closer defence ties
Politico, 09/12/2021: French election permeates Macron’s EU presidency priorities
EurActiv, 10/12/2021: Macron presents France’s EU Council presidency priorities
France24, 31/12/2021: Germany backs France for 'more sovereign' Europe as Paris set for turn at EU presidency
Euronews, 01/01/2022: France sets out an ambitious programme for its presidency of the European Union
France24, 01/01/2022: France takes over EU presidency as national election looms
Deutsche Welle, 01/01/2022: France takes over EU presidency with push for 'strategic autonomy'
The Guardian, 01/01/2022: ‘Turning point for Europe’: Macron takes EU helm as French election looms
Politico, 02/01/2022: EU flag under the Arc de Triomphe comes down as culture war boils, 02/01/2022: EU flag removed from Arc de Triomphe after causing stir
BBC News, 03/01/2022: EU flag removed from Arc de Triomphe after right-wing outrage
RFI News, 04/01/2022: Pressure to deliver as Macron takes EU helm ahead of French elections
EurActiv, 04/01/2022: 2022: high expectations for Macron from both Brussels and Paris
Deutsche Welle, 05/01/2022: France aims at Big Tech as it kicks off EU presidency
Politico, 19/01/2022: Macron pitches direct talks between Europe and Russia
France24,19/01/2022: France's EU presidency: Macron calls for European 'collective security' pact, dialogue with Russia
Politico, 19/01/2022: Macron’s EU speech descends into French campaign brawl
Euronews, 19/01/2022: The EU must focus on climate, tech and security, Macron says as he kicks off French presidency
The Guardian, 19/01/2022: Macron says EU must start own dialogue with Russia over Ukraine
EurActiv, 19/01/2022: Macron’s French EU presidency presentation turns into a settling of scores
Deutsche Welle, 19/01/2022: Macron proposes security pact to make Europe a 'power of the future'
Associated Press, 19/01/2022: Rivals say Macron is using EU as springboard for French vote
RFE/RL, 19/01/2022: France's Macron Calls For EU Security Pact To Put Forward To Russia
RFI News, 19/01/2022: Macron waxes lyrical on Europe but French MEPs pull him down to earth
EUObserver, 20/01/2022: Macron calls for new security order and talks with Russia

Official Website of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (2022)
General Secretariat of the Council: The presidency of the Council of the EU
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union
French Embassy in the UK: News, 04/11/2020: France outlines plans for EU presidency in 2022
French Presidency, 09/12/2021: Presentation on the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (in French)
EUSPA: News, 07/01/2022: French EU Presidency can rely on #EUSpace to support its priorities
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Macron on the presentation of the programme of activities of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU (7 January 2022)
UNHCR: Press Release, 10/01/2022: UNHCR issues recommendations to the 2022 French and Czech Presidencies of the Council of the EU
European Parliament: Press Release, 19/01/2022: MEPs debated the French Presidency’s priorities with Emmanuel Macron
European Commission: Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič on behalf of President von der Leyen at the European Parliament on the presentation of the programme of the French Presidency (19 January 2022)
Greens/EFA EP Group: Press Release, 19/01/2022: EFA MEPs call on President Macron to respect the European diversity
European Parliament: Press Release, 25/01/2022: French Presidency briefs the European Parliament’s committees on its priorities

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