Dnešním dnem se začíná německé předsednictví Rady EU, které plynule navazuje na to předchozí chorvatské. Od července do prosince 2020 bude Německo předsedat tomuto orgánu členských zemí a za tímto účelem si stanovilo také priority do svého programu.
Je zcela logické, že se kromě opatření proti návratu pandemie COVID-19 a vypořádání se s ekonomickou krizí po dočasném zmražení ekonomiky v mnoha členských zemích EU zaměří také na celou řadu dalších oblastí.
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First July is the first day in Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, replacing Croatia. From July to December 2020, Germany will chair the meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions.
Germany has shared its programme and its priorities for the upcoming Presidency:
- COVID-19: On the COVID-19 pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated: “It is no exaggeration to say that we are facing the greatest economic challenge in the history of the European Union“. The German programme will mainly focus on overcoming the pandemic and its resulting crisis. The goal is to prevent the coronavirus pandemic unravelling the European single market and threatening the integrity of the EU. It will be vital for the Presidency to help broker a deal on the recovery fund.
- Multiannual Financial Framework: Negotiations on the EU’s seven-year budget will be at the forefront of the post-crisis reconstruction timetable, as the budget is linked to the “Next Generation EU” reconstruction fund. Brokering a compromise between Member States will be the key challenge.
- Climate Change: Climate change and the transition to a climate-neutral economy are also high on the agenda of the German presidency.
- Future Relations with the UK: After the summer, the agenda of the Presidency will become increasingly centred on discussions over a future EU-UK trade agreement with the aim of sealing a compromise deal at a summit on 15 October, according to Germany’s ambassador in Brussels.
- Global Responsibility for Europe: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the world needs “Europe’s strong voice to protect humain dignity and liberty“. Relations with Africa and maintaining an open dialogue with China will be foreign policy priorities during the German Presidency.
Of particular interest for the press publishers are the following priorities:
- Digital Sovereignty will be the leitmotiv of the Presidency. It will cover the ambition to find an EU definition of digital sovereignty to work on responses for approaching technical developments such as artificial intelligence. It also means a Europeanisation of the data infrastructure. The German presidency wants to place the focus on innovation, access to data, responsible data use, data skills and security.
- A well-functioning digital Single Market: the efforts of the Presidency will focus on the modernisation of the digital regulatory policy that underpins the digital transformation, while at the same time ensuring its compliance with competition rules in “a consumer-friendly, social and sustainable manner”. The single market should be strengthened with improved security provisions for the platform economy and digital services, as well as in the area of consumer protection.
- Given the timing, the German Presidency could play a role in the presentation by the European Commission of its long-awaited Digital Services Act (DSA) package, which will review the 2000 e-Commerce directive and propose new rules aimed at tackling the dominance of the gatekeeper platforms, by the end of 2020.
- Strengthening fundamental values and fundamental rights:
- The German Presidency commits to work intensively to strengthen fundamental values and to promote a common, cooperative and constructive approach to dealing with the issue of the rule of law. On the basis of the Commission’s first Annual Rule of Law Report covering all Member States, the Presidency wants to conduct a political rule-of law dialogue on an equal footing in the Council with the participation of all Member States. Where Member States have deficits as regards the rule of law, the mechanisms envisaged in the European treaties must be employed.
- The Presidency intends to call for the democratisation of the internet and the strengthening of the “resilience of societies in dealing with false and misleading information on line”, with a special focus on fighting hate crime and racism.
- Consumer protection:
- The German Presidency will be involved in drafting the new Consumer Agenda, which the Commission wants to present in the second half of 2020. The Agenda is meant to help consumer protection in the European Union to adapt to the current digital and environmental challenges, protect consumers and be more effective in enforcing existing consumer rights.
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