France took over from Slovenia, which had held the presidency of the EUROPEAN UNION Council since 1 July, and will be replaced in the second half of the year by the Czech Republic.
From 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2022, France will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
France has published its programme for the next six months. The programme details the priorities and guidelines for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2022.
The programme for the French Presidency has three ambitions:
- A more sovereign Europe: by strengthening the Schengen area, protecting European borders, controlling migration and improving the asylum policy, in line with Europe’s values and its international commitments; by building a stronger Europe which is more capable of action in the fields of security and defence; by taking action for the prosperity and stability of its neighbours, particularly through its engagement in the Western Balkans and its renewed relationship with Africa; and by bringing forth solutions to global challenges.
- A new European model for growth: to make Europe a land of production, job creation, innovation and technological excellence; in which economic development is aligned with climate goals; that supports innovation and the growth of European digital players and sets its own rules for the digital world; and that offers high-quality, high‑skilled and better-paying jobs.
- A humane Europe: that listens to the concerns expressed by its citizens through the Conference on the Future of Europe; that defends the rule of law and upholds its values; that takes pride in its culture, trusts in science and knowledge, and is committed to fighting discrimination and securing a future for the next generation.
The new European growth model
”This French Presidency must also be an opportunity to draw up a new European model which is a model of production, but also of solidarity and regulation. Our Europe must be a Europe where we can produce and create wealth on the cutting edge of innovation, a Europe which must uphold its social model because we do not have the same collective choices as Asia or the United States, and a Europe which must be at the heart of the climate agenda, in line with our values”, stated the French President Emmanuel Macron.
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