Making sure different languages are represented at the heart of the EU is essential for democracy, according to Abdou Diouf, secretary-general of the 'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie', the international French-language association.
French Secretary of State for EU Affairs Jean-Pierre Jouyet has played down expectations regarding the goals of its upcoming EU presidency amid rising tensions with partners over President Nicolas Sarkozy's European policy. EURACTIV France reports.
Government and civil society organisations have both identified energy policy and fighting climate change as priorities of the country's upcoming EU presidency next year. But civil society groups fear that government officials may not share their growth and job creation goals, a conference hosted by EURACTIV France heard.
As reported by EURACTIV.fr, Commissioner Leonard Orban visited France recently to lay the groundwork for establishing co-operation on multilingualism ahead of the country's stint at the EU's helm in 2008.
According to first estimates of an internal poll, French
Socialist members have come out strongly in favour of the EU
Constitution. The party, however, will not emerge from a bitter