The Presidency Programme describes the guiding principles of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In the motto, “Together for Europe’s recovery”, the German Government is putting the focus of its Presidency on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and seeking answers to the challenges of the future that we need to address now, thus also expressing its goal of making Europe stronger, more equitable and more sustainable. The Strategic Agenda of the European Council of June 2019 and the European Commission’s adjusted Work Programme form cornerstones of Germany’s programme.

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany © Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler

Dear Europeans,

Welcome to the website of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU 2020.

'Together for Europe’s recovery' – that is our motto for the coming six months. However, the idea of a common and strong Europe presents us with an ongoing challenge. In particular, searching for the right responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences will demand our attention for a long time to come. We know that we can only master this extraordinary crisis in the best possible way if we work together.

In order to boost the economic and social recuperation of all EU member states, we will work during Germany’s Council Presidency on a joint recovery plan and financial framework for the years ahead. Together, we want to emerge strengthened from this crisis. That means focusing firmly on the future. Climate change mitigation, digital sovereignty and Europe’s responsibility in the world are therefore key focuses of our Presidency.

'Together for Europe’s recovery' – this motto is directed at us all, the citizens of Europe, and by no means solely at governments and parliaments. For Europe can only be strong if people have good prospects for the future, if they can see how important Europe is for them personally and if they are committed to the European idea.

I am therefore glad that you are interested in Europe. I cordially invite you to find out more about the programme, events and many other aspects of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU on this website and on the social media channels of the German Government. Help to make Europe strong! For Europe can only succeed if we work together.

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Further information about the programme