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  • Belgium, Hungary set EU presidency priorities

    News | EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2010

    Spain, Belgium and Hungary have agreed a joint 18-month programme, beginning in January 2010, for their 'trio' of EU presidencies. The three countries pledged continuity for their stint at the EU helm, which is the first such 'presidency trio' to take place under the EU's revamped institutions. EURACTIV France reports.

  • Spanish Presidency unveils ‘uncontroversial’ art installation

    News | Languages & Culture 05-01-2010

    Spanish artist Daniel Canogar is today (5 January) set to unveil in the atrium of the EU Council's Justus Lipsius building an "uncontroversial" art installation, which will accompany his country's rotating presidency of the EU for the next six months.

  • The Spanish EU Presidency

    Policy Brief | Regional Policy 15-12-2009

    Spain takes on the European Union's six-month rotating presidency at a defining moment for the bloc, marked by the first steps of the Union's first-ever permanent president and foreign affairs chief and efforts to lift Europe out of its worst recession in decades.

  • Analyst: Van Rompuy ‘will not overshadow EU leaders’

    News | Future EU 23-11-2009

    Herman Van Rompuy, the former prime minister of Belgium who was nominated last week by European heads of state and government to become the EU's first permanent president, will be more of a "chairman" than a leader, according to Thierry Chopin, director of the Robert Schuman Foundation think-tank, in an interview with EURACTIV France.

  • Clear Swedish air for EU presidency

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 06-07-2009

    "It's the Swedes' success in melding capitalism and social welfare and environmental responsibility that will serve it well over the next six months," writes Gerald Loftus, a former diplomat, in a July post on Blogactiv.

  • Crises send Blair top of EU presidency list

    News | Future EU 12-01-2009

    While the European Union grapples with its latest international crisis over gas supply and the Israeli incursion into Gaza, EU officials and diplomats seem more determined than ever to improve the chances of Tony Blair becoming EU president.

  • Can France reclaim intellectual leadership of the EU?

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2008

    "We need a firmer hand at the EU's helm," argues Sylvie Goulard, president of the European Movement in France, exploring whether France is capable of "reclaiming the intellectual leadership of the EU" in the autumn edition of Europe's World.

  • The French EU Presidency

    Policy Brief | EU Priorities 2020 30-06-2008

    Under the motto "a more protective Europe", France takes over the rotating EU Presidency with an additional challenge – getting the EU out of an institutional crisis triggered by the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland.

  • How France intends to meet all those EU presidency expectations

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 20-06-2008

    The French EU Presidency will concentrate on a common approach to migration, climate change, energy policy and security and defence as its key areas, writes French EU Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Jouyet for the summer edition of Europe’s World.

  • Malmström outlines priorities of Swedish EU Presidency

    News | EU Priorities 2020 24-04-2008

    During a visit to Paris, Swedish Minister for European Affairs Cecilia Malmström outlined her country's priorities for its EU chairmanship in the second half of 2009. EURACTIV France contributed to this report from the French capital. 

  • Blair and Merkel top EU-wide poll

    News | EU Priorities 2020 07-04-2008

    A poll by Harris Interactive found most European citizens consider German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be the most influential leader in Europe, while Tony Blair is currently the preferred candidate for the job of EU President. However, a large proportion say they would prefer the job not to be created at all.

  • Blair’s candidacy would give EU more credibility

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 07-04-2008

    Tony Blair would give the new position of Council President a "public momentum that very few others would," bringing "credibility to the EU project," argues Luis Simon, a teaching assistant at the Centre for European Politics, Royal Holloway College, University of London. But his candidacy ultimately depends on the "ability and will of the EU 27" to balance the divisions evoked by Iraq and his Eurosceptic image, he explains.

  • Vondra: ‘Europe without barriers’ top priority for Czech Presidency

    Interview | EU Priorities 2020 21-02-2008

    Completing the internal market for labour, goods and services will be a priority for the Czech Republic when it assumes the six-month rotating presidency of the EU in January 2009 on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, Czech Vice-Premier and EU Affairs Minister Alexandr Vondra told EURACTIV France in an interview.

  • Interview: Czechs to push for ‘Europe without barriers’ at EU helm

    News | EU Priorities 2020 21-02-2008

    Ensuring the principles of freedom of movement and labour are fully enforced within the EU's own borders - and most notably between the old and new member states - will be a top priority of the upcoming Czech Presidency of the EU, Vice-Premier and Minister for European Affairs Alexandr Vondra told EURACTIV France in an interview.

  • The Slovenian Presidency: In Brief

    Policy Brief | EU Priorities 2020 18-12-2007

    The Slovenian Presidency will focus on Western Balkans relations, energy and climate change, and the implementation of the new Lisbon cycle for growth and jobs when it takes over the EU helm from 1 January 2008.

  • Slovenia unveils EU presidency priorities

    News | Future EU 28-11-2007

    The incoming presidency will focus on the implementation of the new Lisbon cycle for growth and jobs, energy, climate change and relations with the Western Balkans when it takes over the EU helm from 1 January 2008, the Slovenian Ambassador to the EU revealed on 28 November.

  • Interview: France to push ‘protective Europe’ agenda at EU helm

    News | Development Policy 06-11-2007

    A 'more protective Europe' will be the French government's central theme when they take over the rotating EU presidency in the second half of 2008. Gilles Briatta, EU adviser to the prime minister, outlined further details in an interview with EURACTIV France.

  • The Portuguese Presidency: In Brief

    Policy Brief | EU Priorities 2020 03-08-2007

    The Portuguese Presidency, which took over at the EU's helm on 1 July 2007, will focus on concluding talks on an EU Reform Treaty, as well as the foreign policy agenda, with a particular focus on relations with Africa and Brazil.

  • Portugal holds firm on EU Treaty mandate

    News | Future EU 12-07-2007

    The Portuguese EU Presidency has vowed to stick a hard-won June agreement to draft an EU Reform Treaty, amid concerns that Poland might ask to reopen discussions on voting rights in the Council.

  • Poland warned over EU Treaty squabble

    News | Future EU 03-07-2007

    On the occasion of the Portuguese Presidency launch, Prime Minister José Socrates and Commission President José Manuel Barroso united to urge Poland and other member states to stick to their commitments on the EU Reform Treaty, as nationalist Polish politicians vowed to undermine it.

  • Portugal gears up for fight over budget deficits

    News | Innovation & Industry 03-07-2007

    Breathing fresh life into Europe's Lisbon Agenda for economic renewal is a top priority for Portuguese Prime Minister José Socrates, as he takes over the reigns of the Union for the next six months. However, his first challenge will be to convince France to stick to the EU rules on fiscal discipline that French President Nicolas Sarkozy appears determined to breach.

  • Portugal at EU helm seeks to strengthen external relations

    News | Future EU 02-07-2007

    With all eyes fixed on the advancement of the new EU Treaty negotiations, Portugal has set out another ambitious project for its six-month EU presidency: concrete progress on EU's external relations, particularly with regards to Africa and the Mediterranean.

  • Merkel and Barroso best to lead EU – poll

    News | EU Priorities 2020 19-06-2007

    EU citizens recognise the need for more political leadership in the Union and think Angela Merkel, José Manuel Barroso or the Euro Group are most likely to provide it, according to a TNS poll published ahead of the June European Summit in Brussels.

  • Portuguese foreign minister outlines presidency priorities

    News | Future EU 16-05-2007

    The Portuguese presidency will mainly focus on the political agenda and attempting to resolve the institutional impasse, as well as the external agenda, promoting competitiveness, security and improving relations with third countries.