German EU Presidency: In Brief

Germany takes over the EU Presidency from Finland on 1 January 2007. EURACTIV provides links to the priorities, key players and dates of the German Presidency.

From 1 January to 1 July 2007, Germany will organise and chair the Council meetings. The motto of the presidency is “Together Europe can succeed”.

Along with the EU Presidency, Germany will also chair the G8 from 1 January 2007.

Milestones and Key Documents:

  • 1 January 2007: Germany takes over the EU presidency.
  • 17 January 2007: Presentation of the Presidency Programme, speech by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • 8-9 March 2007: European Council ("Spring Summit") will among others adopt the “Energy Action Plan”
  • 24-25 March 2007: 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome: “Berlin Declaration” will redefine the broad goals and values of the EU.
  • 6-8 June: G8 Summit.
  • 21-22 June 2007: European Council: the German Presidency will present a document that takes stock of the current constitutional crisis and proposes options for the way forward. Another issue addressed will be the Lisbon re-launch. 

For further information on the German Presidency’s agenda view the official EU Presidency Programme and calendar. See also the Council Work Programme (in French).

Energy and environment

Subject: Energy efficiency, bio energy and innovation will be the presidency's main priorities during the first half until March 2007.

State of play: The Commission is drawing up an important energy package, including an “energy action plan” to be presented on 10 January 2007, which will be discussed at the European Council in March. This will especially look at the issues of energy efficiency, bio energy and innovation, but also the more difficult issues of energy solidarity, national energy mix and national energy champions. The German Presidency wants to complete the internal market for electricity and gas until 1 July 2007.

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Subject: The German Presidency will also put emphasis on the issues related to job creation and growth, especially during the first half until March 2007. In this context chancellor Merkel will try to further promote better regulation and reduce bureaucracy.

State of play: Aim of the presidency is to re-launch the Lisbon strategy agreed by heads of state and governments in 2000, to come up at the Competitiveness Council 19 February 2007 and the spring Council on 8-9 March 2007. There will be special emphasis on better regulation and trying to include the principle of "discontinuity at EU level, as well as making European companies more competitive.

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Subject: Germany will re-launch the constitutional project during the second half of its presidency. The intention is to find a solution to the constitutional impasse that will be implemented under the French Presidency and before the elections to the European Parliament in June 2009.

State of play: Following the failed referenda on the EU Constitution in France and the Netherlands in 2005, the EU decided to engage in a period of reflection. By January 2007, 18 countries will have ratified the EU Constitution, accounting for 2/3 of member states. The German Presidency intends to foster the debate between the national capitals and is consulting with other member states across the EU. A final treaty should be agreed by 2007 in order to be ratified before the European Parliament elections in June 2009. The German Presidency will draft a report, to be presented in June providing an analysis of the current institutional crisis, recommendations concerning the existing treaty, as well as the future solution.

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Subject: Turkey and Croatia are both candidate countries currently negotiating their EU membership.

State of play: While the Commission recommended that talks with Turkey be partially suspended, the negotiations with Croatia are ongoing. The Commission plans to draft a report on Turkey-Cyprus relations after the Turkish elections in 2007. Concerning Croatia, the presidency expects to open several negotiation chapters and continue the accession process.

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