Polish, Danish, Cypriot leaders discuss EU budget, rotating presidency

08:49, May 10, 2011      

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Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and President of the Republic of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias met here on Monday to discuss the strategy for negotiating the EU budget and the latest developments in North Africa.

Poland takes over the EU Council's six-month rotating presidency on July 1, 2011. On Jan. 1, 2012 the presidency will be taken over by Denmark and, after six months by Cyprus.

According to Tusk, the discussions focused on a multi-year financial framework and the European budget. Negotiations on a multi-year EU budget after 2013 are among the most significant tasks facing the three presidencies. Poland will be the first country to start the talks immediately after the EC has prepared a draft budget.

The budget will be probably passed during the trio presidency. Poland, Denmark and Cyprus want to conclude the talks at the end of the Danish Presidency in June 2012, according to Poland's European Minister Mikolaj Dowgielewicz.

The Polish prime minister informed his two guests about Poland' s plans to organize in December 2011 a conference on the EU's support for transformation processes in North Africa, and about an Eastern Partnership summit, scheduled to be held in Warsaw in late September.

In September 2006 the Council of the European Union decided that "every 18 months, the three Presidencies due to hold office shall prepare, in close cooperation with the Commission, and after appropriate consultations, a draft program of Council activities for that period." The aim of this cooperation is to enhance the continuity of the Council's work.

Poland, Denmark and Cyprus launched their cooperation in 2009 to better coordinate priorities of particular countries. The foreign ministers and coordinators of preparations for the EU Presidency of the three countries have been holding regular meetings since that year.

Source: Xinhua
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