In spite of widespread relief over the EU budget deal at the December summit, the UK presidency has scored less than brilliant marks from most observers.
The UK presidency ‘inherited’ the challenge of making a deal on the financial perspectives 2007-2013 from the Luxembourg presidency, and this issue dominated the policy agenda of the presidency.
In the process the UK came in for a lot of criticism for only putting a draft proposal on the table at a very late stage, but in the end the 15-16 December summit did hammer out a deal.
The debate on economic reform and meeting the challenges of globalisation, were dealt with at the informal summit at Hampton court in October. Again the efforts did not quite match the expectations.
A deal has been concluded on REACH, which will now go back to the Parliament for a second reading.
The UK also managed to broker a deal on the start of EU negotiation talks with Turkey.