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Economy & Jobs 13-12-2013

EU Budget 2014 – 2020: From Priorities to Financing

With the 2014 – 2020 EU budget agreed, the EU will pass a number of legal documents, including an inter- institutional agreement over how the budget will be spent. This will also include more in-depth analysis on EU’s own resources. Will the main EU 2020 strategic goals be properly funded? What about energy, infrastructure and social challenges?
Future EU 19-02-2010

Analyst: ‘Brussels must reform EU-US summits’

"Europeans must realise that US President [Barack] Obama needs a concrete and political return on every hour that he invests in the transatlantic relationship," Annette Heuser, executive director of the Bertelsmann Foundation North America (Washington, D.C.), told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 05-02-2010

Paris and Berlin outline common ‘vision’ for 2020

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sealed a wide-ranging cooperation programme for the next ten years in Paris on Thursday (4 February), launching 80 "concrete" projects to forge closer economic ties by 2020. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2010

Crossick: Europe should dust off its founding fathers’ ideals

There is a seat for Europe at the world talks table, but European leaders need to become more strategic and revisit the successful approach of the EU's founding fathers, Stanley Crossick, the founding chairman of the European Policy Centre, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 12-10-2009

Opinion leaders seek ‘big idea’ for EU

Sizeable personalities in European business, administration and public life, including EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding, met on Friday (9 October) in Brussels in an attempt to search for a 'big idea' for Europe. Reding made the case for placing "digital Europe" at the top of the new European Commission's agenda.
EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2009

Barroso II’s political guidelines: A mixture of old and new?

"Let's hope [European Commission President José-Manuel] Barroso will be able to restore the Commission's position as a driving force [in European politics]," writes Olivier Lacoste, research director at Confrontations Europe, in a September paper.
EU Priorities 2020 25-09-2009

A new Barroso?

"The standing of the [European] Commission vis-à-vis the other institutions has fallen during the last five years. It is vital for the European Union that this trend be reversed," writes Stanley Crossick, founder of the European Policy Centre, in a July post on Blogactiv.
Central Europe 15-09-2009

Buzek ready to shape EU agenda, face the unexpected

The next five years will see great economic, environmental and institutional challenges, but the new president of the European Parliament, Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek, is ready to deal with the unexpected and eager to shape the EU agenda "in the best interests of the Union's citizens," he told EURACTIV. 
Central Europe 15-09-2009

Buzek: Determined to shape EU agenda, but ready for unexpected

Ahead of his inaugural speech today, newly-elected president of the European Parliament, Polish centre-right MEP Jerzy Buzek (EPP), gave EURACTIV a glimpse of his priorities for the coming years in an interview. 
Future EU 08-09-2009

Time for action: Immediate priorities of the next European Commission

There are "immense internal and external challenges facing the EU" and as yet no new approved president of the European Commission, but setting out the priorities of the new EU executive is crucial, argues a team from the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in a July policy briefing.
EU Priorities 2020 22-01-2009

EU ‘wise men’ group hesitates to go public

The reflection group established by EU leaders to ponder the Union's future is yet to decide whether it will do its work behind closed doors or "go public" by asking for contributions via the Internet, the group's president, Felipe Gonzalez, said yesterday (21 January).
EU Priorities 2020 20-06-2008

Seen from America : What to expect from the French EU Presidency

It remains to be seen whether the upcoming French EU presidency to be presided over by President "Sarkozy the European" will be successful, claims Justin Vaïsse of the Fondation Robert Schuman. 
EU Priorities 2020 16-05-2008

France promises ‘citizen-oriented’ EU Presidency

The upcoming French Presidency of the EU will adopt a citizen-oriented approach in an attempt to reconcile Europe and the French population, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and European Affairs Secretary Jean-Pierre Jouyet said. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 08-05-2008

Nicolas Sarkozy: A new style of EU Presidency?

"Le style c'est l'homme" as the French say, yet Nicolas Sarkozy's style does not suit all European policymakers, explains Joachim Fritz-Vannahme in a February paper for the Bertelsmannstiftung.
EU Priorities 2020 24-04-2008

Malmström outlines priorities of Swedish EU Presidency

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. 
Future EU 28-02-2007

EU priorities for 2007: Meeting the challenges of globalisation

Presenting the Commission's priorites for 2007, Secretary-General Catherine Day said that the EU must focus on meeting the challenges of globalisation to avoid an anti-EU backlash from citizens.
Security 26-10-2006

German coalition at odds over presidency priorities

Two months before the start of the German EU presidency, the grand coalition government that will chair EU Council meetings during the first half of 2007 has not yet found agreement on priorities for the term. EURACTIV compares the two parties' positions on key issues.
Future EU 25-10-2006

Commission issues work programme for 2007

Prosperity, solidarity, security, and a stronger voice in the world to be the basis for action in 2007.
Security 03-07-2004

Dutch Presidency: Priorities [Archived]

The priorities of the Dutch presidency are further EU enlargements, justice and home affairs, giving the EU a wider role in external relations, the sustainable growth of the European economy and the financial perspectives for the period 2007-2013.

Greece sets out Presidency aims

Greece, set to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union, vowed on 18 December to boost the Union's international presence, reinvigorate its economy and improve its immigration policy.