French Presidency

of the Council of the European Union

1 January - 30 June 2022

French presidency of the Council of the EU

As of 1 January 2022, France holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. It will play a central role, together with its European partners, to move forward on negotiations to ensure a more sovereign Europe, a new European growth model, and a human-centred Europe.

The priorities of France's presidency are reflected in its motto: 'Recovery, strength and a sense of belonging':

  • recovery, to enable Europe to support the ecological and digital transitions
  • strength, to defend and promote our values and interests
  • a sense of belonging, to build and develop a shared European vision through culture, our values and our common history

Presidency programme

The programme for the French Presidency has three ambitions:

A more sovereign Europe: by strengthening the Schengen area, protecting European borders, controlling migration and improving the asylum policy, in line with Europe’s values and its international commitments; by building a stronger Europe which is more capable of action in the fields of security and defence; by taking action for the prosperity and stability of its neighbours, particularly through its engagement in the Western Balkans and its renewed relationship with Africa; and by bringing forth solutions to global challenges.

A new European model for growth: to make Europe a land of production, job creation, innovation and technological excellence; in which economic development is aligned with climate goals; that supports innovation and the growth of European digital players and sets its own rules for the digital world; and that offers high-quality, high‑skilled and better-paying jobs.

A humane Europe: that listens to the concerns expressed by its citizens through the Conference on the Future of Europe; that defends the rule of law and upholds its values; that takes pride in its culture, trusts in science and knowledge, and is committed to fighting discrimination and securing a future for the next generation.

Justice and home affairs

The French Presidency will take action to proceed with the reform of the Schengen area, continue work on asylum and migration and will work to strengthen the security of European citizens by heightening police cooperation and to strengthen European coordination in civil protection.

Furthermore, the French Presidency will stress the importance of combatting all forms of hate and discrimination.

Lastly, the Presidency will take action in various areas in order to adapt judicial cooperation to the digital age, including with regard to electronic evidence.

A rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union

The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work in the Council.

Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called 'trios'. This system was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. The trio sets long-term goals and prepares a common agenda determining the topics and major issues that will be addressed by the Council over an 18-month period. On the basis of this programme, each of the three countries prepares its own more detailed 6-month programme.

The current trio is made up of the presidencies of the France, Czechia and Sweden. Read more about the trio programme here.


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Contact details


Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032