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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Belgian EU Presidency will steer six major projects

The Treaty of Lisbon, the EU 2020 strategy, climate issues, the Stockholm programme, enlargement and revision of the financial perspectives are the six major European projects identified by the future Belgian Council Presidency, which will start on 1 July and run for six months. On the latter, in addition to the €16 million to be allocated to the home affairs minister for security expenses, the presidency will have €74.066 million, of which €4.066 million is for special staff needs and another €5 million for unforeseen events.  Belgium has also set up a common programme with Spain and Hungary in the context of the 18-month trio of presidencies (mandatory under the Treaty of Lisbon). Although "priorities will be identified" soon, its own programme already includes six major projects: implementing the Treaty of Lisbon that came into force on 1 December; launching the EU 2020 economic strategy that will succeed the Lisbon Strategy; pursuing international climate and energy negotiations; implementing the Stockholm programme in the areas of justice, asylum and immigration; continuing enlargement negotiations; and preparing the 2011 budget and the mid-term revision of the financial perspectives.

Source: Europolitics