A brief explanation of Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

FAQs A brief explanation of Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1 July 2020 Germany will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For six months Germany will head the Council – at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is posing a massive challenge across the entire EU. What exactly does that mean? What duties will the German government have? Here is a round-up of the most frequently asked questions.

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On 1 July Germany will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months.

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