The Monnaie de Paris has released new silver commemorative coins which mark the government of France assuming the rotating EU presidency. Since the evolvement of the European Economic Community into the European Union in 1992, the presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every six months. During this six month period, the host country chairs meetings at every level in the EU’s Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council.
With an increasing number of countries becoming part of the European Union — from the original six countries who founded the European Steel and Coal Community in 1951 to 27 member states of the European Union, the challenges grow in complexity. As the chairmanship of the presidency becomes more infrequent, the event, during which time a country may emphasise a particular agenda, thus holds greater significance for the host country. It has been 13 years since France last chaired the EU presidency and France once again leads the Council of the European Union for six months. As a representative of the European Union’s member states, the Council amends the Commission’s legislative proposals, in a co-decision procedure with the European Parliament in Strassbourg. Therefore, on behalf of the 27 member states, France now presides over one of the seven most important European institutions.
As Slovenia last held the presidency, France took over this chairmanship from the 1st January and will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union until the 1st July 2022. After the French presidency, the Czech Republic will assume the EU rotating presidency until the 31st December 2022.
The obverse side of the coins depict the emblem of the French presidency of the EU, which includes elements representing a Europe focused on progress, moving forward with pride and strength. Based on the initials of the European Union, the design is highlighted through letters, colours and symbols. The French tricolour flag and the European stars are featured in a stylised fusion. In the shape of an arrow, the “E” of Europe indicates the direction of moving forward. Below the actual logo is the inscription FRANCE 22PRÉSIDENCE FRANÇAISE DU CONSEIL DE L’UNION EUROPÉENNE. The design on the reverse side includes the current standard motif of the geometrical design of shapes arranged in different positions creating a series of borders that encircle the text REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE and a laurel wreath of sprigs of olive and oak branches. The denomination of EURO 20 is arranged in the centre.
|18 g||33 mm||Brilliant Unc.||
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