Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

In the second half of 2020, Germany held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Europe was facing huge challenges due to the corona pandemic. We were adopting ambitious fiscal policies to drive Europe’s recovery – together.

In this unprecedented crisis, Germany’s Council Presidency showed that the European idea lives; our common values live: solidarity, freedom, rule of law. That is a great success, and it is a joint success.
Olaf Scholz, German Finance Minister

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Germany hands over the Council Presidency to Portugal

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The German Council Presidency: A Review - Statement by Olaf Scholz

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ECOFIN Council: explained

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Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 16 December 2020

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ECOFIN Council: Press conference with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on 1 December 2020

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Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 1 December 2020

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Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 30 November 2020

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ECOFIN Council: Press conference with Olaf Scholz on 4 November 2020

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ECOFIN Council: Doorstep by Olaf Scholz on 4 November 2020

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Doorstep by Olaf Scholz: Video conference of the Eurogroup on 3 November 2020

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ECOFIN bear of Germany’s EU Council Presidency

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ECOFIN, 6 October 2020: Press conference with Olaf Scholz

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ECOFIN, 6 October 2020: Doorstep by Olaf Scholz

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Webinar about fair taxation, 30 September 2020: Statement by Olaf Scholz

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Sustainable Finance Summit on 28 September 2020: Opening address by Olaf Scholz

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Press conference with Olaf Scholz: Informal ECOFIN

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Family photo of the informal ECOFIN meeting in Berlin

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Roundtable: Informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11-12 September 2020

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Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11-12 September 2020

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Doorstep by Olaf Scholz: Informal ECOFIN

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Olaf Scholz: Informal ECOFIN Meeting

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The European Union: overcoming the crisis together, and growing stronger as a result

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Stamp of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU 2020

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Olaf Scholz: Europe sticks together

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Doorstep by Olaf Scholz: Video conference of ECOFIN Council 10 July 2020

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Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union #EU2020DE

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Olaf Scholz: Together for Europe’s recovery

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Press conference with Olaf Scholz and Bruno Le Maire on current EU challenges

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Video statement by Olaf Scholz and Bruno Le Maire on the joint initiative for a recovery fund

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Statement by Olaf Scholz on European solidarity

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    PHOTOS

    German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz passes on the baton of the EU Council Presidency to his colleague João Leão

    Germany hands over the EU Council Presidency to Portugal: Finance Ministers Olaf Scholz and João Leão in dialogue

    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 16 December 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 16 December 2020
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    Press conference with Olaf Scholz after the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 1 December 2020
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    Press conference with Olaf Scholz after the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 1 December 2020
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    Press conference with Olaf Scholz after the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 1 December 2020
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    Olaf Scholz during the video conference of the ECOFIN Council on 1 December 2020
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    Olaf Scholz during the video conference of the ECOFIN Council on 1 December 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 1 December 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 1 December 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 1 December 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 30 November 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 30 November 2020
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    Press conference with Olaf Scholz after the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 4 November 2020
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    Press conference with Olaf Scholz after the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 4 November 2020
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    Press conference with Olaf Scholz after the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 4 November 2020
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    Olaf Scholz during the video conference of the ECOFIN Council on 4 November 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 4 November 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 4 November 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 4 November 2020
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    Olaf Scholz during the video conference of the ECOFIN Council on 4 November 2020
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    Olaf Scholz during the video conference of the Eurogroup on 3 November 2020
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    Olaf Scholz during the video conference of the Eurogroup on 3 November 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 3 November 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 3 November 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual Eurogroup meeting on 3 November 2020
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    Press conference: Olaf Scholz after the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 6 October 2020
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    Virtual ECOFIN meeting with Olaf Scholz on 6 October 2020
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    Virtual ECOFIN meeting with Olaf Scholz on 6 October 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 6 October 2020
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    Doorstep: Olaf Scholz prior to the virtual ECOFIN meeting on 6 October 2020
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    Olaf Scholz at the press conference following the informal ECOFIN meeting on 11-12 September 2020
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    Press conference with Olaf Scholz, Valdis Dombrovskis and Luis de Guindos following the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11-12 September 2020
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    We are family. Family photo of the
    informal ECOFIN meeting in Berlin
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    Group photo at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11-12 September 2020
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    Finance Minister Olaf Scholz chairs
    the informal ECOFIN meeting in Berlin
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    Informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Eurogroup press conference in Berlin on 11 September 2020
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    Informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Doorstep: Finance Minister Olaf Scholz before the informal ECOFIN meeting on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Welcoming delegates at the informal ECOFIN in Berlin on 11–12 September 2020
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    Press conference with Olaf Scholz and Valdis Dombrovskis following the first ECOFIN Council meeting under Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 10 July 2020
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    Olaf Scholz presenting the programme of Germany’s Council Presidency to EU ambassadors in a video conference © Federal Ministry of Finance / Photothek

    Press conference with Olaf Scholz and Valdis Dombrovskis following the first ECOFIN Council meeting under Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 10 July 2020
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    Olaf Scholz at the first (virtual) ECOFIN Council meeting under Germany’s Council Presidency on 10 July 2020 © Federal Ministry of Finance / Photothek

    First (virtual) ECOFIN Council meeting under Germany’s Council Presidency on 10 July 2020 © Federal Ministry of Finance / Photothek

    Olaf Scholz prior to the first ECOFIN Council meeting under Germany’s Council Presidency on 10 July 2020 © Federal Ministry of Finance / Photothek

    Olaf Scholz prior to the Eurogroup meeting on 9 July 2020 © Federal Ministry of Finance / Photothek

    Highlighting the Council Presidency at the
    Federal Ministry of Finance
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    Olaf Scholz presenting the programme of Germany’s Council Presidency to EU ambassadors in a video conference © Federal Ministry of Finance / Photothek

    The BMF shines for Europe: 25 years of the Maastricht Treaty © Federal Ministry of Finance / Festival of Lights 2017

    The BMF lights up for Europe: EU barcode © Federal Ministry of Finance / Festival of Lights 2017

    Brandenburg Gate lights up at the start
    of the EU Council Presidency
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    Olaf Scholz presenting the programme of Germany’s Council Presidency to EU ambassadors in a video conference © Federal Ministry of Finance / Photothek

    The BMF shines for Europe: Europe is for Lovers © Federal Ministry of Finance / Festival of Lights 2018

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