The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is working to ensure that the core element of the EU, the European Single Market, will be restored immediately and fully and that the competitiveness of the European economy will be maintained and further improved. In addition, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy aims to strengthen Europe’s sovereignty in important areas through the establishment and expansion of pan-European value chains. Digital and ecological change, strengthening the industrial base and SMEs, a balanced development of the regions and open markets based on strong international trade rules are essential elements of a modern, global European economic area and thus also important fields of action on the way out of the crisis. As the EU Structural Funds play a key role when it comes to tackling the crisis and rebuilding the economy, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy aims to conclude the ongoing negotiations, especially on the legislative package on the EU Structural Funds, as soon as possible.
During the German Council Presidency, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy also wants to contribute to specifying and implementing the European Commission’s recovery plan quickly, but also diligently and giving appropriate consideration to the interests of all the EU member states. The next Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027 is a key element to strengthen Europe where we need joint responses. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy therefore advocates a quick conclusion of the negotiations on the basis of a fair, balanced and forward-looking deal.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has set itself the following four priorities for the German Council Presidency:
- lead European business back to strength
- keep markets open and create a level playing field
- strengthen the digital sovereignty of the EU
- shape the structural change and seize the opportunities of the European Green Deal
Details of these and further issues which the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy wants to press ahead with during the German Council Presidency are set out in a working paper. This programme complements the Federal Government’s programme for the German Presidency.