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MEPs to discuss the German Presidency’s priorities with Angela Merkel 

On Wednesday afternoon, MEPs will debate with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the strategy and main goals of the German Presidency during the next six months.

Angela Merkel will be present during the plenary session in Brussels, her first foreign trip since the outbreak of the pandemic, addressing the chamber at around 14.15, followed by interventions of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Parliament’s political group leaders.

Under the motto “Together for Europe’s recovery”, the German Council Presidency will focus on economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes brokering an agreement on both the Recovery Plan and the EU’s next long-term budget (MFF). Once EU leaders have found common ground on the next MFF, talks with Parliament can start. MEPs need to give their consent on the MFF.

Besides overcoming the consequences of the pandemic, the German Presidency is set to help finalise the terms of the EU’s future relationship with the UK and to step up negotiations on climate change, digitalisation and Europe’s role in the world.

Council and Commission statements

Debate: Wednesday, 8 July