About: German EU presidency 2020

Economy & Jobs 07-10-2020

German labour ministry ramps up pressure for supply chain law

Creating responsible global supply chains with fair wages and working conditions is a key theme for Germany’s labour ministry (BMAS) during the country’s EU Council Presidency. On Tuesday (6 October), Labour Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) made the case for a national and eventually European framework.
Agrifood 31-08-2020

Germany plans transformation for more animal-friendly stables

The German state and federal agriculture ministers agreed to extensively restructure livestock farming on Thursday (27 August). In parallel, a national animal welfare label is to be introduced soon. On Monday (31 August), EU agriculture ministers will discuss a similar project at EU level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-07-2020

A Financial Transaction Tax deal worth fighting for

The German EU presidency programme mentions the financial transactions tax as one of the measures to fund the EU's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now is the time to make good on this promise, writes a group of 70 MEPs.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2020

Germany’s Altmaier encourages MEPs to be more realistic

In his presentation of the German EU presidency's priorities, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) urged MEPs on Thursday (16 July) to be more realistic, particularly on renewable energy and relations with China. But he continues to believe that barring Huawei, as the UK recently did, is wrong. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 15-07-2020

Meeting in Bavaria signals ‘reconciliation’ between Merkel and Söder

Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a Bavarian government cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning (14 July) at the invitation of state leader Markus Söder (CSU). The meeting was seen as "a sign of reconciliation" between the two most popular German politicians, after several years of cold relations. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Priorities 2020 08-07-2020

Merkel asks EU Parliament for ‘willingness to compromise’ ahead of mini-summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to take part in a "mini-summit" with the leaders of the EU institutions in Brussels on Wednesday evening (8 July). It is her first trip abroad since the coronavirus crisis started, testifying to how seriously she is taking her second and last German presidency of the EU Council. EURACTIV Germany reports.

European justice ministers promise to combat disinformation and racism

Rule of law as a priority of the German EU Council presidency was an open secret long before the programme was presented. Thus, it was only fitting that the first Council meeting chaired by Germany was that of the ministers of justice. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Green MEP: Migration pact could enshrine injustice in law

About a year ago, German captain Carola Rackete was arrested for docking 53 people rescued from a shipwrecked vessel in the port of Lampedusa, against the instructions of the Italian authorities. MEP Erik Marquardt spoke with EURACTIV Germany about what has changed since then and the role of civil society and politics.

A migration pact in the spirit of the German government?

For the first time since 2015, the number of asylum applications filed in the EU rose last year compared to the previous year. The German EU Council Presidency is pressing for reforms to the system, but the Commission's proposals are still some way off. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 01-07-2020

German EU Presidency: Berlin to lead on EU economic policy

As Germany took over the EU Council Presidency on Wednesday (1 July), Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) presented plans for reorienting the bloc's economic policy, signalling Germany's commitment towards non-EU countries and confirming the focus on the digital and green economy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 01-07-2020

Germany’s ‘crisis’ EU Presidency explained

Germany takes over the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July. This responsibility comes at a time when the EU is facing unprecedented challenges and expectations of Germany's leadership and diplomatic skills are higher than ever.
Global Europe 29-06-2020

‘Sovereignty and solidarity’: Germany’s plans for the EU’s foreign policy

Solidarity and sovereignty is the name of the game for the German presidency, according to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In a speech on Monday, he emphasised the need for greater EU independence from the current geopolitical power struggle between the US and China.
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2020

Scholz and Le Maire present a united front on digital and corporate taxation

Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire (LREM) are confident that the current OECD negotiations on international tax systems will be concluded by the end of 2020. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Merkel on EU Recovery Fund: ‘The bridges we have to build are large’

The European Council summit ended on Friday (19 June) without agreement on the EU recovery fund. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that she wants to act quickly, and the next round of negotiations is scheduled for mid-July. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 18-06-2020

Merkel presents plans for EU Council Presidency in the Bundestag

In her Bundestag speech on Thursday (18 June), Merkel presented her plans for the Presidency of the EU Council. Once again, Berlin is facing a crisis and must find a balance between decisiveness and tact. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 17-06-2020

Trio-presidency programme: A relay with a German sprint

Germany, Portugal and Slovenia presented their joint EU presidency programme for the next 18 months on Tuesday (16 June), seeking to focus primarily on social recovery in the wake of the pandemic. Despite expectations, the 31 pages are otherwise filled with little substance. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Digital 16-06-2020

Digital diplomacy: States go online

Digitalisation does not stop at diplomacy. Embassies are increasingly communicating via Twitter, foreign ministries are evaluating data, and in the coronavirus crisis, heads of state are negotiating via video conference. This could have consequences for global politics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 28-05-2020

All eyes on Germany’s ‘crisis’ presidency, expected to lead EU recovery

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced Germany to radically revise the priorities for its EU Council Presidency in the second half of the year. One thing is clear: the biggest EU country takes the helm in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, at a crucial time for the bloc's recovery efforts. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 27-05-2020

Taming the ‘Frugal Four’: the challenge facing the German Presidency

The European Commission has presented its proposal for a recovery fund as part of the draft EU budget. Now the member states must be convinced, a task that will fall on Berlin when Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency in July, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2020

Free trade and Mercosur on the agenda for the German EU Presidency

The resumption of negotiations on the controversial Mercosur agreement and trade policy with the United States are among the priorities of the German EU Council Presidency. This is unlikely to please other member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.

German EU-Presidency: Empty wording on the Green Deal

The first draft programme of Germany's EU Presidency contains mainly empty wording. There are no concrete goals for the Green Deal, with new initiatives only in the case of hydrogen. The coronavirus pandemic is to blame. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 08-04-2020

Coronavirus to weigh on every aspect of Germany’s EU presidency

The coronavirus crisis comes just as Germany was about to finalise its rotating EU presidency programme, which begins on 1 July. EURACTIV Germany obtained a draft of the programme, which shows how much of a role the virus is set to play during the six month stint in charge.
Future EU 17-03-2020

Linn Selle: Coronavirus may have a long impact on German presidency

There are only a few months left until Germany will take over the EU Presidency. But the ongoing corona crisis could really upset the plans, says the president of the European Movement Germany. What can the EU actually do in these turbulent times?
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