Topics and Documents

On this site you can download all important documents regarding the German EU Council Presidency.

Virtual meeting of the Chief Medical Officers (CMO) on the topic of enforcing contact tracing in the transport sector on 29 September, 2020

How can travel be made safer even in times of pandemics? During travel (e.g. by plane, ship, train, bus) as well as in a local setting at their destination (e.g. hotels, conference venues), travellers may have significant contact with infectious persons and possibly spread infections further on onward journeys to other countries. Rapid contact tracing is essential to combat the pandemic but in the transport sector, it poses a variety of challenges for member states. It is important that the relevant health authorities are notified of confirmed cases as soon as possible and that they are granted timely and sufficient access to relevant passenger data to allow for the systematic contact tracing. The Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of the EU Member States, EFTA countries, the EU Commission and WHO EURO discussed this topic in a virtual meeting on 29 September, 2020 under the leadership of the German CMO, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Holtherm, German Federal Ministry of Health, with the Robert Koch Institute and the ECDC.

Summary of the virtual meeting (PDF: 92 KB)

Informal meeting of health ministers on the reform of the World Health Organization on 2 October 2020

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic the issue of a reform of the World Health Organization (WHO) has become prominent. Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health invited his colleagues, as well as the European Commission and the WHO to a virtual informal meeting of the EU-27 health ministers on 2 October 2020 , to jointly take a look at this important matter. The aim of the meeting is to have a first exchange allowing to get a clearer understanding of where there already exists common ground and what aspects require closer consideration.

Virtual meeting of EU Health Ministers - 4 September 2020

On the initiative of the German Presidency, the Health Ministers of the EU met in a virtual format to hold an Informal Meeting on 4 September 2020 chaired by German Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn. The EU Commission, the ECDC and the EMA also participated in the meeting.

The Presidency had convened this extraordinary meeting given the current developments with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, including an increase in cases in many European countries, which highlight the need to continue the close cooperation and joint efforts among Member States to fight the virus.

The participants discussed the following topics:

  1. A coordinated approach to quarantine- and test regimes

  2. Procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and its financing

Summary of the virtual meeting of EU Health Ministers (PDF: 119 KB)

Health Ministries discuss EU short-term health preparedness

A virtual meeting of Member States, EFTA countries and the EU Commission on the Commission’s Communication “Short–term EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks” published on 15 July 2020 took place at Deputy-level on 22 July 2020. Member States generally welcomed the Commission’s Communication. The focus of the discussion was put on measures regarding testing, contact tracing and public health surveillance.

Presidency Summary Deputy Meeting 22 July 2020 (PDF: 136 KB)

Summary of the Informal Meeting

Here you will find the Summary of the Informal Meeting of Health Ministers from 16 July 2020:

Information paper on the BMG programme of the German EU Council Presidency

A brief overview of the key priorities of Germany’s 2020 EU Council Presidency in the health sector and the most important events can be downloaded here.

Programme of the German EU Council Presidency

Here you can download the programme of the German EU Council Presidency "Together for Europe’s recovery" (1 July to 31 December 2020).

Programme of the Trio Presidency

For the period of the 18-month trio presidency of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, the three countries have set common topics and priorities.

Publication: The German healthcare system

The German health care system caters for around 83 million citizens. It is a central pillar of political, social and economic life. But how is the health system structured? This brochure aims to provide answers to these and other questions.

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  • english (barrier-free PDF: 4,2 MB)

  • french (barrier-free PDF: 4,3 MB)

Here you can download photos from the German Presidency of the Council of the EU 2020.