TEPSA German Pre-Presidency Conference, Berlin, 25-26 June 2020

TEPSA and its German member, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), organised the German EU Pre-Presidency Conference “Shaping the Future of Europe” on 25-26 June 2020. In the midst of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, Germany will assume the Presidency of the EU Council on 1 July 2020.

The aim of the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference is to bring together researchers from the EU member states and the EU candidate countries, policy-makers, media, civil society organisations, and the broader public in order to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming German Presidency. The Pre-Presidency Conference addressed the response of the EU to the Covid-19 crisis, migration, enlargement, climate change and many other topics.

The conference was organised in a virtual format. Further information is available here.

A full report of the conference will soon be available.

The conference was supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, the German Federal Foreign Office, Stiftung Mercator, and the InDivEU project in the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


Prior to the event, TEPSA has a tradition of formulating recommendations to present to the incoming Council Presidency. These recommendations are formulated by experts from the TEPSA network, without necessarily representing the views of TEPSA or its Member Institutes. They were presented to the incoming German Council Presidency on the occasion of the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference on 25-26 June 2020 in Berlin.


  • A Plea for the German Presidency: Investing Boldly and Smartly in the Future, by Nicoletta Pirozzi, Funda Tekin, Ilke Toygür
  • Supporting the EU’s Economic Recovery, by Michele Chang
  • Climate Change and Sustainability, by Gaby Umbach
  • Resilience of the EU’s Project, by Saila Heinikoski
  • Strengthening the EU’s Role in a post-COVID World, by Niklas Helwig

Read the recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the incoming German Presidency here.