Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1 July 2020, the Federal Republic of Germany assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The corona pandemic has clearly demonstrated the importance of cooperation and coordination within the EU – also, and especially, in the area of health policy.

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Working together to combat the corona pandemic and strengthening our ability to respond to health crises are the key priorities of Germany’s Council Presidency in the area of health. Here, as in other areas of healthcare provision, digitalisation offers great opportunities and is therefore one of the key topics.

At the very start of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU – on 16 July 2020 – the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn will be inviting his EU colleagues to an informal meeting. The meeting will be held virtually.

Health Policy Goals

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has set the following three health policy goals for the Council Presidency:

  • Europe must find ways to reshore the manufacture of essential medicinal products and medical devices (such as face masks) to Europe and build a European stockpile.

  • Europe must become more attractive for research. This requires data. Spahn therefore wants to drive the creation of a European health data space.

  • European public health organisations such as ECDC and EMA must be strengthened to be able to work on equal terms with their American counterparts.

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