First day of the EU summit brings consensus on key issues

The European Council chaired by Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer continues with its second meeting day in Brussels today.

“The Czech Presidency came to this summit to support the stability of the European Union and I am pleased that in this respect today has brought success in the three key areas: institutional issues, finance and economy, and climate protection”, said Jan Fischer at a conference late last night.

The first day of the meeting clearly confirmed the concern about EU institutional stability and the wish to have a highly competent President and Commission. “I am very pleased that José Manuel Barroso received widespread and unanimous support from the heads of state or government who back his candidacy to the post as President of the European Commission. The Czech Presidency and the upcoming Swedish Presidency have now acquired a strong mandate to consult with the political groups of the European Parliament. We are going to enter into the negotiations immediately and efficiently so that the nomination and its preparation will take as little time as possible,” said the Prime Minister.

The statesmen also agreed that the measures to fight the economic crisis which the EU has already adopted have turned out to be effective and help minimise the impact of the crisis and should contribute to creating stability. “However, the job is not done. We agreed that we need a reliable strategy for the period after the crisis (exit strategy) which can help restore healthy public finances. We made fundamental progress today on the issue of supervision. I will reveal the precise scope of the agreement to you tomorrow,” the Prime Minister stated. The leaders also addressed the question of employment and reiterated the need to prevent protectionism.

"The progress we have reached in the discussion on climate protection, I consider as another success. We agreed that all Member States must participate in the financing, except for the poorest countries. The costs for the support of developing countries will be divided at international level according to the principles of economic output and amount of emissions. The EU is open to various financing proposals, but the taxpayers’ money must be used in a responsible and effective way."

"I believe that you would like to hear about the guarantees for Ireland. For today I can say that we have held constructive talks in various formats and agreed to put the plenary negotiations off until tomorrow.

We have a solid basis for a satisfactory result which will provide robust guarantees for the Irish voters, without the need for reopening the ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty in other Member States", Prime Minister Fischer ended his speech.


Contacts:

  • Michaela Jelínková, spokesperson of the Minister for EU affairs
    tel.: +420 224 002 796, GSM: +420 724 258 939; e-mail: jelinkova.michaela@vlada.cz
  • Roman Prorok, spokesman of the Czech Prime Minister, GSM: +420 777 290 061, e-mail: prorok.roman@vlada.cz.

Last update: 16.8.2011 15:18

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