Source : BMWi

Federal Minister Peter Altmaier (5th left) amd State Secretary Claudia Dörr-Voß (6th left) with Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek (4th left), Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and of Economy of Portugal (4th right) and state secretaries from the two countries

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In order to kick off the preparations for the trio EU presidency in 2020 and 2021, Minister Altmaier is welcoming Dr Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and of Economy of Portugal, and Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek along with five deputy ministers from both countries to Villa Borsig by Berlin’s Lake Tegel this evening.

Minister Altmaier: “The trio presidency is coming at a decisive time when key decisions for the future of the EU can be taken. Together, we aim to ensure that the EU will continue to be able to deliver on its promise of growth and prosperity for its citizens. To this end, we need to boost the European economy and position the European Union as a self-confident player in an increasingly globalised world. I look forward to working together with our partners from Portugal and Slovenia.”

The focus of the meeting is on the coordination of European competitiveness, trade, energy, telecoms and cohesion policy during the trio presidency from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2021. Germany, Portugal and Slovenia will present a joint programme of work for the 18-month trio presidency in June 2020. The meeting was also attended by State Secretaries Claudia Dörr-Voß and Ulrich Nußbaum.

As was the case in 2007 and 2008, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia will form a “trio presidency”, starting with the German EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020 and ending with the Portuguese and Slovenian presidencies in the first and second halves of 2021.