One of the many unintended consequences of Brexit has been to bring forward France’s tenure of the rotating EU presidency to the first half of 2022 – a period that coincides with French presidential and legislative elections to be held respectively in April and June.
This unusual electoral timing of the French EU presidency (FEUP) is likely to increase domestic political pressure on France’s stewardship of the EU agenda as President Macron will most likely run simultaneously for re-election.
The French EU presidency offers perhaps the final opportunities of Macron’s first term to bolster the reformist image on which his 2017 presidential campaign was based, even if many of the actual reform proposals he championed have yet to materialize.
The Brunswick Paris office has compiled this review of the main issues at stake in this FEUP and their potential impact on business. Read the full report.