On July 1, Germany takes over as chair of the Council of the European Union for a six-month period ending on December 31. During this crucial period in the European Union’s history, Germany will be hosting all meetings of the EU Council.
The current extraordinary circumstances have significantly altered the planned Presidency’s programme, termed as a ‘Coronavirus Presidency’. Germany’s main focus will now be that of recovering from the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in a sustainable manner.
Germany is planning on to delve in proposed changes for the future of the European Union with climate change and digitalisation both being on top of the Presidency’s agenda. The Presidency will also be looking at strengthening Europe’s ability to act beyond its borders, as this is the only way Europe can defend its interests and exercise its responsibility in the world.
The German Presidency’s programme is based on the following guiding principles:
- overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for the long-term as well as 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.
MEUSAC and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Malta will be organising an online discussion entitled, ‘Together for Europe’s Recovery’ to discuss the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 8.
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