The German EU Presidency: Changing Priorities in Challenging Times

Mark Dempsey25th May 20201min
Michael Roth discussed the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU and reflected on the twin goals of repairing the EU’s economy and strengthening solidarity between its Member States.

About the Speech:

Germany assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July 2020, the first in the Trio Presidency that also includes Portugal and Slovenia. In his address to the IIEA, Minister of State Roth discussed the priorities of the German Presidency including the European Green Deal as a trigger for economic growth, the digital transformation, the preservation of the rule of law in the EU, and the twin goals of repairing the EU’s economy and strengthening solidarity between its Member States.

This event is part of our Future of the EU27 Project, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

About the Speaker:

Michael Roth has been Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office since December 2013 and Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation since 2014. He was first elected to the German Bundestag in 1998. Between 2010 and 2013, he was spokesperson on Europe for the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).