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Spain presents priorities for upcoming Council Presidency

On 15 June, Spain's President Pedro Sánchez presented the country's priorities for the upcoming Council Presidency, starting on 1 July.

During its fifth Presidency of the Council, Spain will focus on the following four priorities:

  • Reindustrialising the EU and ensuring its open strategic autonomy

This includes promoting legislative files that foster Europe's strategic industries, expand and diversify the EU's trade relations and strengthening its supply chains, with a focus on Latin America. Moreover, they will propose a strategy to ensure the economic security and global leadership of the EU by 2030.

  • Advancing in the green transition and the environmental adaptation

Spain will work on advancing on the electricity market reform, the gas and hydrogen package, and the energy efficiency regulations, as well as the reduction of waste and microplastics, the desing of sustainable products and the generation of green fuels.

  • Promoting greater social and economic justice

The Spanish government wants to advocate for the establishment of minimum and common standards on corporate taxation in all Member States, fight tax evasion, revise the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and address the financing of the green and digital transitions. They also intend to push for the extension of workers' rights in several areas and for vulnerable groups.

  • Strengthening European unity

To achieve this goal, the Spain will advocate for a greater deepening of the internal market, the completion of the banking union and the capital markets union, the consolidation and improvement of NextGenerationEU, a more efficient and coordinated management of migration and asylum processes, and a coordinated support for Ukraine.

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