Briefings

Paving the way to a Sustainable Recovery: Three Priorities for the German EU Presidency

On July 1st, Germany assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second half of 2020 and with it the responsibility for securing an agreement on the EU’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

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This briefing sets out three priorities for the German EU presidency to enable an EU-wide sustainable and resilient recovery:

  1. Deliver the European Green Deal as a central part of a future-proof economic recovery. This requires reaching agreement between Member States on the Climate Law, the revised EU budget and the recovery instrument and enabling a system-wide energy transition.
  2. Enhance the EU’s 2030 climate target to reassure investors, businesses, and international partners that the EU is serious about the green recovery.
  3. Create the global foundations for a sustainable and resilient recovery by shaping a more assertive approach to European foreign policy, while also identifying areas where the EU can build cooperation with key partners, such as Africa and China.

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