MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier exchanged ideas with his Portuguese and Slovenian counterparts in a video conference today in order to prepare the handover of the EU Council Presidency to Portugal in the first half of 2021 and Slovenia in the second half of 2021 Altmaier: “In the past six months, as Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we have provided important political impetus to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and political consequences. But even in 2021, great joint efforts will continue to be necessary in order to bring the European economy back on a long-term and sustainable growth path. I am very happy about the good cooperation and the close exchange with our trio partners Portugal and Slovenia. During their EU Council presidencies, they will be committed and ambitiously driving the economic policy agenda of the European Union. I will support you with all my might! ”Building on the progress made under the German EU Council Presidency, the exchange serves to agree on priorities with Portugal and Slovenia, which should be pushed forward by the trio partners. Important topics to be addressed in 2021 include the implementation of the European development instrument “Next Generation EU”, the start of the new funding period of the EU structural funds, the launch of new sector programs of the multiannual financial framework as well as important proposals of the European Commission, which take up the intensive deliberations during the German EU Council Presidency. These include the EU industrial strategy, which was revised in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, proposals to modernize EU competition law, a new trade policy strategy of the European Union, proposals on artificial intelligence and digital services as well as the revision of the energy and climate policy framework with which the adjusted EU-2030 climate target is to be achieved. At today’s video conference, the Minister of State and Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Change, Pedro Siza Vieira, the Minister for the Environment and Energy Transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, the Minister for Planning, Nelson de Souza, and the Minister for Territorial Cohesion, Dr. Ana Maria Pereira Abrunhosa, as well as the Slovenian Minister for Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek, and the Minister for Infrastructure, Jernej Vrtovec, as well as other State Secretaries from both countries took part. Each three successive EU Presidencies form a so-called “Trio -Council Presidency “. The German EU Council Presidency ends on December 31, 2020. Portugal will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2021, Slovenia will follow in the second half of 2021. For political continuity, the trio partners jointly focused on the so-called 18-month program in June 2020 determined that it must now be implemented further.
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