Press Release: Priorities and calendar for the German Council Presidency

On 19 June, Knowledge4Innovation organized a webinar on the priorities and calendar of the German Council Presidency, which will start on July 1st, under the motto “Together for Europe’s recovery”.

Our guest speaker was Michael Vorländer, Head of Unit, Education and Research, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union. The event was hosted by Ms. Maria da Graça Carvalho, the Chair of the K4I Forum and we had the pleasure to be joined by former MEP and Chair of the K4I Forum, Mr. Lambert Van Nistelrooij.

Mr. Vorlander confirmed the willingness of the German Council Presidency to continue working on crisis management in order to achieve a successful exit from the corona crisis. It shall be based on common coordinated steps and will address both economic and social aspects. The German Presidency commits to working on principles of solidarity and protecting the unity of the EU. Furthermore, it announced its strong willingness to contribute to unprecedented financial means, which would help Europe become stronger,  more resilient and sustainable. Future investments in green recovery, AI and digitalization are one of the central priorities for the upcoming presidency. This clearly demonstrates the German government’s position of needing future investments tools to successfully manage the Recovery of the European economy. 

Questions regarding Horizon Europe and EIT were also addressed by Michael Vorländer who pointed out that the German Presidency will work intensively in the Council context to come up with a position on the remaining open issues by the end of September. An European Research Area which is more action oriented, more tangible, more concrete, and more visible is a top priority for German Presidency and its triologue partners Portugal and Slovenia. Further steps will be outlined in the next Commission Communication by the end of July 2020. Additionally, in July the new narrative for ERA would be discussed more concretely in the research working party. Ideally the Council will adopt conclusions at the end of November during the second formal Council meeting of research ministers.