December 9, 2009
The following article has been published by EurActiv.com on 9th December 2009.
Spain unveiled on Tuesday (8 December) its priorities for its six-month stint at the EU’s helm during the first half of 2010. Spain will be the first country to take the rotating presidency since the nomination of a permanent EU president and a High Representative for Foreign Affairs.
“Spain will create precedents,” said Diego López Garrido, Spanish Secretary of State for EU Affairs, speaking at a public event in Brussels organised by the European Policy Centre, a think-tank.
López Garrido, an experienced politician who represented his country at the convention in charge of drafting the now-defunct EU Constitution, said that his country’s EU presidency will be “very particular,” as it marks the transition “from the old Nice model to the new Lisbon Treaty era”.
He also stressed that Spain had coordinated its work programme with Belgium and Hungary, the next two countries to assume the rotating EU presidency, in the format of the so-called ‘trio of presidencies’. The three countries adopted a common programme for the next 18 months on 7 December, in the framework of the General Affairs Council, he said.
For the Spanish Presidency, meanwhile, López Garrido enumerated four main priorities.
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