On 1 July 2020, Germany takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 13th time since 1957. The Presidency rotates every 6 months and will be held by Germany in the second half of 2020. To ensure coherency, three Presidencies are grouped together – Germany shares the Trio-Presidency with Portugal (1st half 2021) and Slovenia (2nd half 2021).
The common focus of the Trio Programme is the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In their programme, Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia pledge to work on the economic and social recovery in the aftermath of the health crisis. They will pay special attention to issues related to occupational health and safety as well as the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The motto Germany has chosen for the EU Presidency is “Together for Europe´s recovery”.
Besides the recovery from COVID-19, Germany in particular plans to work on the Multi-annual Financial Framework as well as the future relationship with the United Kingdom after Brexit.