Spanish PM lays down ambitions for rotating EU Presidency in 2010

21:23, December 16, 2009      

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Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero on Wednesday highlighted four priorities for the European Union when Spain takes over the six-month rotating presidency on Jan. 1, 2010.

Speaking at the parliament, Zapatero said he felt the "responsibility" of being in charge at a time when the Treaty of Lisbon was going to enter into force and the bloc was climbing out of the economic crisis.

Zapatero highlighted four main priorities for the Spanish presidency.

The first was the efficient application of the Treaty of Lisbon, which he considered vital to reach other goals.

The second priority was to ensure economic recovery by enhancing cooperation between member states and the application of the Strategy for Sustainable Economic Growth.

Zapatero also aimed to strengthen the EU presence and influence on the international stage, while his fourth main priority was to bring EU citizens closer to the bloc through developing rights and freedom.

The prime minister also urged unity and collaboration among all Spanish parliamentary groups at a time when his country would be the focus in dealing with European affairs.

Source: Xinhua
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