On 1 January 2022, for the first time in 14 years, France has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Each Member State holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months on a rotational basis. France will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January to 30 June 2022. The Council ensures the coherency and continuity of the decision-making process and good cooperation between all Member States and European institutions. Italso has budgetary powers by adopting and amending the European budget with the Parliament.
Many European laws will be negotiated or adopted during the French Presidency. Here are three examples:
- Digital technology: France wants to accelerate the economic regulation and accountability of platforms, especially with regard to hate speech, with legislation on digital services and markets (DSA and DMA);
- Green transition, with the establishment of carbon pricing at the EU borders for imported products. It is a matter of economic and ecological efficiency;
- Social: one of the French priorities will be to establish European legislation on minimum wages.