Germany has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union at a time of enormous challenges. During its Council Presidency in the second half of 2020, Germany intends to do its utmost to ensure that Europe exits the pandemic-induced crisis stronger than before. This will entail regaining economic strength and competitiveness, but also fostering social cohesion.
What issues will Germany address, and what priorities will it set? The spotlight will be on overcoming the health-related and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. But other important priorities include climate action, digitalisation and the role of Europe in the world.
The start of Germany’s Presidency coincides with the start of a new trio presidency, with Portugal and Slovenia.
A Möbius band – the logo of the Presidency
The logo of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a Möbius band. This geometric figure has very unique properties – although it does not appear so at first sight, it has only one side.
The Möbius band thus symbolises the unity and solidarity that Europe forges, in spite of divergent interests and great diversity. Even if you start on different sides of the Möbius band and move in different directions, you will always meet up on the same side. And that is the strength of Europe.
Website of Germany’s Council Presidency eu2020.de
is the German government’s central information platform during the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Since 1 July it has reported on the issues, programmes, events and latest news. The website is available in English, German and French. A translation tool will produce a machine translation into all 24 EU languages. It is run by the Federal Foreign Office.
The individual ministries report about Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union on their own websites:
Every six months the Presidency of the Council of the European Union passes from one member state to the next. In the first half of 2020 Croatia held the Presidency, followed by Germany for the second half of the year. During these six months, Germany will chair all Council meetings. Germany last held the Presidency in 2007. If you want to find out more about the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, you will find FAQs .
Parallel to the rotating six-monthly Presidency of the Council of the European Union, there is what is known as the "parliamentary dimension of the Council Presidency". This is designed to strengthen the role of parliaments in the EU. The parliament of the nation holding the Presidency hosts conferences and special events for the parliaments of the other member states. During Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the two chambers of the German parliament, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, will exercise this role together. Find out more at .