EU foreign ministers approve European Council spring summit agenda

The foreign ministers of the European Union member states on Monday set the agenda for the European Council spring summit to be held March 25-26. Representing Romania in the event will be Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry reports in a press release that the foreign ministers exchanged opinions on climate change with a view to continue talks for a post-Kyoto global agreement and endorsed the agenda for the March 25-26 European Summit, where the EU heads of state or government will discuss the Europe 2020 Strategy for economic growth and employment, climate change and preparing a preliminary EU position for the G20 summit.

The participants are said to have hailed the inclusion on the European Council agenda of the Europe 2020 Strategy and climate change, with the foreign ministers agreeing that a work schedule is needed for the future Europe 2020 Strategy that will allow a rapid reaction of the EU to the current challenges.
In the short term, the EU will have to focus on getting out of the crisis and resuming sustainable economic growth, while in the long run it will have to concentrate on achieving the goals of productivity and competitiveness of the EU member states, according to the Europe 2020 Strategy.

In relation to climate change, the Romanian foreign minister stated that the Copenhagen Accord is a step forward toward continuing international negotiations over a post-Kyoto agreement, indicating that the major objective of the EU should be the conclusion of a mandatory global juridical agreement. The EU, said Baconschi, should stay ready to increase its commitments to cut polluting emissions and its other international partners should also pledged similar commitments.

Romania also believes it is essential that the competitiveness of the European industry be preserved, particularly amidst the ongoing economic turmoil. Thus, the European companies should no longer be put at a disadvantage against third countries that fail to commit themselves to emission reduction objectives similar to the EU’s.

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