Statement issued by the Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Paris, 31 December 2010
As the second half of the year draws to a close, France would like to thank the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the important work that it has carried out, notably with respect to the establishment of a permanent euro zone crisis management mechanism and the full implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon. Belgium has actively contributed to ensuring that the Union’s new institutions - the President of the European Council and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy - assume their full role, in particular with respect to the external representation of the European Union at international summits.
We wish our Hungarian partners every success in their first presidency of the Council of the European Union. We reaffirm our full confidence in Hungary’s determination and ability to successfully assume the role of this well-prepared presidency and to demonstrate, on behalf of the Union, the values that we all share.
We are convinced that Hungary will be able to fully implement the opportunities presented by the Treaty of Lisbon, in close collaboration with the other EU institutions concerned, with a view towards enhancing the effectiveness and visibility of its action on the international stage. France is keen for the European Union to strengthen its relations with its major partners and to defend its interests more effectively, in accordance with the conclusions of the European Council of 16 September.
The Hungarian Presidency’s priorities also reflect the shared objectives:
The European response to the crisis, with, in particular, the implementation of the "Europe 2020" strategy, which should allow the Union to resume a sustainable path of growth and employment. France would like this strategy to truly be at the heart of the Union’s policies in order to enhance its growth potential over the long term;
The continuation of a dynamic common agricultural policy, incorporating sustainable development goals;
The implementation of the multi-annual Stockholm Program (2010-2014) with respect to freedom, security and justice. In this area also, France supports the need to exploit the opportunities presented by the Treaty of Lisbon.
France wishes Hungary every success and assures it of its support.
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