Paris, 15 December 2021 (TDI): France will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January 1, 2022. France will be taking this important seat after 14 years.

Council of the European Union

The Council of the European Union, also known as the Council of Ministers of the European Union, is a group of ministers who represent the Member States of the European Union within their respective areas of activities. It works with the European Parliament as the co-legislator within the European Union.

The Council also has budgetary powers. It changes and adopts the European budgets in collaboration with Parliament. Finally, the Council takes certain decisions and makes recommendations that aren’t binding. The public can view the votes and the deliberations of council members on legislative acts.

Composition of the Council of the European Union Presidency

Each member state rotates the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. France will lead the Council of the EU between January 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022. The Council Presidency organizes meetings and makes compromises. They also deliver results and make sure that the decision-making process remains consistent and continuous. It facilitates cooperation between all Member states and ensures that the Council maintains good relations with European institutions, including the Commission and the European Parliament.

The framework of the French President at the Council of the European Union (PFUE).

The PFUE will continue to adhere to the principles laid down by the President of the Republic in his speech at La Sorbonne on September 26, 2017, regarding a sovereign and united Europe. Since 2004, The President and the Government have worked together to create European sovereignty. It is the ability of Europe in the modern world to defend values and interests. This work will be continued under the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

After the Slovenian presidency, France will launch a new cycle of cooperation with the Czech Republic in 2022 and with Sweden in 2023.

To mark the presidency, Frane has planned to organize nearly 400 events in France and across the EU. These events include citizens’ events, cultural programming, and political meetings.