Danish Shipping welcomes German EU Council Presidency
Today, Germany assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union, which it will hold for the next six months. Danish Shipping warmly welcomes the new presidency and looks forward to cooperating with Germany.
“Germany, in the same way as Denmark, has a large shipping industry. This means they are well aware of the importance of the shipping industry which, among others, has played a major role in delivering essential supplies during the Covid-19 outbreak,” says Jens Valdemar Krenchel, Head of the EU Representation of Danish Shipping.
Covid-19 and sustainable transport
The main focus for the German Presidency will be to get Europe through the Covid-19 crisis. It, among others, intends to develop a European pandemic contingency plan which shall improve the supply chains and cross-border freight throughout Europe.
“Shipping has played a major role in bringing essential supplies to all off Europe doing the pandemic, but we need governments in the EU to ensure crews on ships can be changed and that seafarers can now return to their families,” say Jens Valdemar Krenchel.
Furthermore, the presidency will focus on making mobility in Europe more modern, more innovative and more sustainable. Danish Shipping appreciates the choice of priorities by the presidency.
“The focus areas of the German presidency on mobility are very well in line with those of the Danish and European shipping industry. We are constantly working on reducing the climate footprint of our ships. Here research and innovation is key”, says Jens Valdemar Krenchel.
Germany takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from Croatia, which has held it for the past six months. On 1 January 2021, Portugal will follow Germany.