Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia have officially released the agenda for their upcoming trio of presidencies of the Council of the EU over the next 18 months.
Amidst other measures, the agenda prioritizes urgent and comprehensive action for addressing the COVID-19 crisis and calls for:
- Supporting partner countries in strengthening their health systems and in mitigating the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic;
- Supporting the global COVID-19 response through collaboration on new diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines; and
- Increasing cooperation in health-related processes.
The agenda includes other priorities such as on the long-term EU budget negotiations, Brexit, rule of law, climate, trade, research, and digitalization.