EM Germany Newsletter CW 2/21 | What to expect from the Portuguese EU Council Presidency
As the new year started, the German government passed the baton of the EU Council Presidency on to Portugal. Although the German EU Council Presidency thus came to an end, the high expectations of Germany and its responsibility to work for a united Europe remain.
On the one hand, Germany’s key role in the trio presidency with Portugal and Slovenia will persist throughout 2021: The Covid 19 pandemic continues to put European hospitals, economic and social systems under pressure, while the hesitant distribution of vaccines due to limited production capacities is used to accuse “Brussels”. Furthermore, the Portuguese government will need strong partners in implementing the EU budget and in advancing the negotiations on the migration pact or the Conference on the Future of Europe.
On the other hand, European politics and the German role in the EU are a central topic for the election year 2021. According to a representative Forsa survey commissioned by EM Germany, five out of six Germans want EU issues to play an important role in the federal election campaign. European political ideas will thus have a say in the votes cast.
Therefore, the progress made on the EU budget, the Rule of Law and the preliminary Brexit agreement should not be a pillow for a relapse into the German EU passivity of previous years. On the contrary: they should be the incentive for the competition of ideas for a modern, proactive German European policy.
I wish you a happy new year, and stay safe!
Dr. Linn Selle
European Movement Germany
#EBDFokus: What to expect from the Portuguese EU Council Presidency
Since January 1st, Portugal has held the presidency of the Council of the EU. Under the motto Time to deliver: a fair, green and digital recovery, the country plans to promote a recovery leveraged by the climate and digital transitions in the next six months. In this context, the country aims at implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights as a cornerstone for fair transitions and at strenghtening Europe’s autonomy whilst remaining open to the world. Our new #EBDGrafik presents the priorities of the Portuguese semester. +++ The new program of the Council Presidency will be discussed in an EBD Briefing together with the Portuguese Embassy, the Representation of the European Commission and the Federal Government on January 13th. Christian Petry MP, Vice-President of EM Germany, is presenting the expectations from an EM Germany policy perspective. Already in summer 2020, the Portuguese Defense Minister presented an outlook on the security policy challenges and priorities at an EBD dialogue. +++ The EM Germany Presidency calendar for the upcoming semester has been published online (scroll to page 2 for the English version). Printed copies will be available at the end of January. +++ With the takeover of the Portuguese presidency, the trio presidency of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia are approaching halftime. The program of the trio chairmanship is entitled Together for a stronger, fairer and more sustainable Europe +++ News and statements from the EM Germany network linked to the Portuguese Council Presidency compiles the website under the keyword EU2021PT.
#EBDGrafik of the week
EM Germany News
„The Council Presidency concludes – European policy stays“: EM Germany President takes stock of EU2020DE with ZDF: It’s been a good semester under difficult circumstances. This is how Linn Selle, President of European Movement Germany, assesses the Germany EU Council Presidency in an interview with the German broadcaster ZDF. With regard to the upcoming Bundestag elections in September, she expects the politial parties to continue the future of Europe in the election campaign. | More (in German) +++ One Presidency remains: Until May, Germany chairs the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The federal government’s agenda for the next months was topical at an international EBD Dialogue with EM Germany President Linn Selle, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth MP and the President of European Movement International Eva Maydell MEP. The video of the online event is now available. | More
Representative survey: Broad majority wants German European policy to be discussed in the Bundestag election campaign: Five out of six Germans assess an extensive discussion of European issues and EU policy in the upcoming Bundestag election campaign as important. This is the key result of a representative Forsa survey commissioned by EM Germany. | More (in German)
Portuguese Presidency calendar is out now: EU2021PT at a glance – EM Germany’s traditional EU Presidency calendar is now available online. The calendar compiles all EU Council meetings, EU and federal parliament plenaries, and events of EMI, EM Germany and its members in German and Englisch. | More (scroll to page 2)
All EM Germany events take place via videoconference. Participation is free, but registration required. Conference language is German unless indicated otherwise. +++ 13.01.2021: EBD Briefing Portuguese EU Council Presidency (in English) +++ 20.01.2021: German EP Groups in dialogue: Daniel Caspary MEP +++ 20.01.2021: EBD De-Briefing ECOFIN and Eurogroup +++ 26.02.2021: EM Germany Board Meeting +++ Our Presidency Calendar on the Portuguese EU Council Presidency is online.
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