German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, July to December 2020

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Overview and information relating to the German presidency of the Council of the European Union, running from 1 July to 31 December 2020.

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Germany was to hold the Presidency for the 13th time since the signing of the Treaties of Rome. The last time Germany had held this role was in 2007.

The German Presidency is the first of a new Presidency Trio, which also includes Portugal and Slovenia. The original plans for their Presidency strategy were adapted in light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The health, economic and social consequences of the crisis became the overarching matter on the agenda, with a focus on the future. The main action areas were defined as follows:

  • Overcoming the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic + economic recovery;
  • Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027;
  • Negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship;
  • Other topics, including digital transformation, climate change and Europe's role in the world.

The plans for the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union were presented by Chancellor Angela Merkel on 18 June. A meeting with the President of the European Commission marked the beginning of the Presidency on 2 July. Ms Merkel addressed the plenary of the European Parliament to present the priorities of the German Presidency on 8 July.

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Commentary and Analysis
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News
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EurActiv, 08/07/2020: Merkel asks EU Parliament for ‘willingness to compromise’ ahead of mini-summit https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-priorities-2020/news/merkel-asks-the-eu-parliament-for-willingness-to-compromise-ahead-of-mini-summit/
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Reuters, 08/07/2020: Germany's Merkel says EU must prepare for no-deal Brexit https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN2491WX
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Official
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