10 Jan 2022
France takes over EU Council Presidency
On 1 January 2022, France took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from Slovenia. The motto of the French Presidency is 'Recovery, Strength and a Sense of Belonging'. France has published its programme for the next six months. The Presidency will have three goals in the fields of higher education, research and innovation:
- to promote an EU knowledge policy to buttress the recovery through synergy between higher education, research, innovation and services to society;
- to shape the international dimension of European higher education, research and innovation policies to contribute to the EU’s global strength and to heighten the draw of the European research sector by offering appealing career opportunities and setting up major European university campuses;
- to nurture a sense of belonging to Europe, especially among young people.
The French Presidency will continue to encourage potential synergy between higher education, research, innovation and services to society to contribute to the EU’s recovery. This will encompass actions under the recast political agenda of the European Research Area. The Presidency will also back the building of a real European Innovation Area.
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