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Premier Janez Janša outlines Slovenian Presidency expectations at spring European Council

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and President of the European Council, Mr Janez Janša outlined some of the Slovenian Presidency’s expectations ahead of the European Council meeting, which opens in Brussels today

Photo: Bor Slana/BOBO

“The most important topic will be the energy and climate change package,” Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša told journalists as he arrived at the meeting venue. The package is important, according to PM Janša, not just for the European Union but also for forthcoming negotiations with the EU's partners throughout the world – China, Brazil and the US. “We would like to reach a global agreement for the post-Kyoto period,” stressed the Prime Minister, expressing his conviction that the European Union would in future retain its leading role on environmental issues.

The launch of the new, three-year cycle of the Lisbon Strategy is, according to the Slovenian Prime Minister, among the major topics of the European Council spring session. He also remarked on the fact that it was on the basis of the Lisbon Strategy that over 6 million new jobs had been created in the European Union in the past two years and the unemployment had been reduced to its lowest level in 25 years. The effectiveness of the Lisbon Strategy is also reflected in the stable European economy, which is set fair to withstand turmoil coming from some other markets. “Despite certain predicted slowdowns in economic processes, I am convinced that the European Union has a very sound basis for facing up to these challenges,” added PM Janez Janša.

As for the initiative for “the Union for the Mediterranean”, the Slovenian Prime Minister and current President of the European Council, Mr Janša, commented that the Slovenian Presidency did not intend to adopt any decisions on the issue at this spring's European Council. He agreed that the European Union should increase its presence in the Mediterranean, expressing his personal opinion that Europe does not need any parallel institutions, and advocated the involvement of all Member States.


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Date: 13.03.2008