From 1 January to 30 June 2022, France held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Presidency was marked by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. In order to organise a European response, several summits as well as formal and informal ministerial meetings were held in France, in Brussels and in Luxembourg. The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, notably gathered the EU Heads of State and Government in Versailles on 10 and 11 March for a summit that allowed for the adoption of sanctions against Russia and for the coordination, as Europeans, of a shared response.
It is in this context of crisis that the French Presidency worked to achieve ambitious goals so as to ensure the ecological and digital transitions, protect and adapt our social model, pave the way for the economic recovery, respond to issues concerning defence and reaffirm the interest and importance of European values. With over 400 events organised in France and over 2000 meetings of EU officials, the Presidency has allowed progress to be made with 130 texts adopted on priority political subjects for a Europe that is more sovereign, social, green and closer to its citizens, in an exceptional context of war in Ukraine.
On 1 July France passes the baton to the Czech Republic, who will take up the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the next six months. With the Czech Republic and Sweden, the third member of the trio, France will remain engaged in contributing to the success of the next presidency.
Main results of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Last update: July 2022