Within the framework of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the virtual Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) on Monday. Various subjects were discussed, including coronavirus, the multiannual EU budget, Brexit and climate targets.
On 1 December 2009 a bold and ambitious plan became reality. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union came into effect. The road that lay behind it was stony. Member states had battled it out over common values, the rule of law and human rights.
In view of the COVID-19 crisis, culture and the media are facing massive challenges across Europe. The plan to top up the Creative Europe assistance programme is an encouraging sign here, declared Minister of State Monika Grütters. Today, she chaired a meeting of the EU ministers responsible for the cultural sector. Other items on the agenda include gender equality in culture and ensuring a pluralist media system.
At an informal video conference, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek has updated her counterparts on the status of planned legislation in the field of research and innovation, including the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme that is to be launched next year. Here is an overview.
The spread of the novel coronavirus is a challenge for states around the world. The member states of the European Union have been particularly hard hit by the crisis. What are the EU institutions doing to stem the spread of the virus, provide medical care, and mitigate the economic consequences of the pandemic?
Who is representing Germany in Brussels? And what does the Permanent Representatives Committee do? Our ambassadors in Brussels, Michael Clauß and Susanne Szech-Koundouros, will be personally explaining this to us today on the digital open day at the Federal Government. They will also be illustrating the main issues behind Germany’s current Presidency of the Council of the EU.