COVID‑19, the EU budget, the rule of law, the climate – over an eventful six months, Germany’s Presidency has strengthened the European Union both internally and externally.
On 14 December, foreign ministers from the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean will meet to discuss joint efforts to combat the pandemic, as well as cooperation on shaping the digital transformation, moving towards a sustainable economy, fighting climate change and preserving biodiversity.
Michael Roth will chair the last informal General Affairs Council meeting of the German Presidency, which will be held as a video conference.
For Heiko Maas, the most important item on the agenda today in Brussels is the approval of a new EU human rights sanctions regime – a key aim of Germany’s Council Presidency.
Two regions of the world are taking a decisive step in terms of their bilateral relations. The EU and ASEAN, the most important regional organisation in the Indo-Pacific, are set to become strategic partners.
Under Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the EU member states are now, for the first time ever, holding discussions via video conference about the state of the rule of law in specific countries. The aim is to improve their common understanding of this issue.