German EU Council Presidency
EU 2020: The Goethe-Institut for Europe

German EU Council Presidency Illustration (detail): Tobias Schrank

Germany’s EU Council Presidency will end on 31 December 2020. For six months we asked: What defines Europe and how do we want to live in Europe in future? Far more than 200,000 people were reached by over 220 events in Europe with debates about the impacts of artificial intelligence, with the creation of climate-neutral travel schemes, spectacular installations in public squares and intergenerational discussions about Europe. This strengthened the European public and cohesion in Europe during the coronavirus.

The projects Europe’s Kitchen, Tell Me about Europe, the Disappearing Wall, #oekoropa and Generation A=Algorithm were part of the federal government's official cultural programme for the 2020 Council Presidency. In addition, the Goethe-Institut is involved in the implementation of the participatory artwork Earth Speakr by Olafur Eliasson, which the Berlin-based artist is creating for Germany’s EU Council Presidency.


Conclusion of the Goethe-Institut's EU2020 Projects

Germany’s EU Council Presidency will end on 31 December 2020. In our closing film, we look back at six months of diverse events across Europe that centred on European cohesion and Europe’s diversity.


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The EU 2020 projects of the Goethe-Institut are funded with special funds from the German Foreign Office for the German EU Presidency 2020.  
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In addition to these initiatives, the Goethe-Institut is also carrying out other large-scale projects with a European focus as part of EU 2020. These include the closing festival for “Freiraum” and the conference series on multilingualism in Europe.