German Presidency – “Emerging stronger from the crisis together”

Germany’s presidency of the Council of the EU covers the period from the 1st of July till the 31st of December 2020. The priorities of Germany’s presidency are driven by its motto: “Together for Europe’s recovery”. The German presidency programme focuses on six main areas:

• Overcoming the consequences of the coronavirus crisis 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

Transport, logistics, and supply chains come into the focus of the Presidency in the context of the EU economic recovery, sustainability and competitiveness. The Presidency will analyse the impact of the pandemic on transport infrastructures as well as their resilience to crises in order to strengthen the European transport sector and to make logistics chains more efficient.

A lot of attention will be given to trade to drive forward a modernisation agenda for the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to launch ambitious bilateral, regional, and plurilateral agreements, for example in the area of digital commerce. Concluding free trade and investment protection agreements is a key factor in diversifying and safeguarding supply chains and in generating the necessary growth.

For more information, please see the Programme for Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.