Slovenia takes over the EU Presidency with water at the center of development and humanitarian aids
On 1 July 2021, Slovenia took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second time since 2008. During a six-month period, the country will lead the work of the Council, building cooperation and agreement between the member states.
Alongside with Germany and Portugal, Slovenia’s Presidency have drafted a programme for one of the most difficult periods in EU’s history. Under the slogan “Together. Resistant. Europe”, the six-month programme is structured in four priority areas with the aim of “work for the EU’s recovery and resilience, reflection on the future of Europe, strengthening the rule of law and European values, and security and stability in the European neighbourhood.”
The main priorities are:
◊ Resilience, recovery and strategic autonomy of the EU (incl. cyberattacks, making European infrastructure more resilient, Fit for 55, circular economy, digitalisation implementing recovery and resilience plans is a priority of the Slovenian Presidency);
◊ Conference on the future of Europe;
◊ A Union of the European way of life, the rule of law and equal criteria for all;
◊ A credible and secure EU, capable of ensuring security and stability in its neighborhood.
Is water mentioned in Slovenia’s new programme?
⇒ Research and space: will promote the use of space infrastructure in policy areas such as agriculture, environment, water management, forestry, migration, telecommunications, and natural disaster response
⇒ Development and humanitarian aid: Water will be a central thematic priority of EU external action in the field of development and humanitarian activities. The Slovenian Presidency will advocate a comprehensive approach to water.
Source of the image: Balkan Insight.