Germany has taken over the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union (EU) from Croatia. The symbolic handover of the presidency was organised in Podgorica, where the Croatian Ambassador to Montenegro, Veselko Grubišić, handed over the EU flag to the German Ambassador, Robert Weber, on the pedestrian bridge.
Ambassador Weber said that he was especially honored to symbolically take over the presidency in such a beautiful country and announced that his country will continue the good work done by Croatia, which had held the EU presidency for the previous six months. Ambassador Grubišić said that he was particularly pleased that Montenegro had opened Chapter 8 during the Croatian Presidency.
Germany sees the continuation of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences as the top priority of its presidency. Another of Berlin's focus is the talks related to Brexit, which should end with an agreement by the end of the year.
Germany will be taking over the rotating six-month EU presidency for the 13th time.
Member States rotate in the EU presidency every six months by taking over the presidency of the European Council. The government presiding over the Council is responsible for organising and chairing the various meetings of the Council.