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News EU leaders to launch the new cycle of the Lisbon Strategy and keep the Climate and Energy Package on track

At the spring European Council meeting, EU Heads of State and Government on Thursday resolved to launch the new three-year cycle of the Lisbon Strategy and to keep the ambitious climate and energy package on track. This will be confirmed on Friday when they adopt the conclusions of their summit.

The bulk of the discussion was devoted to the energy and climate package. "The EU must maintain its established role as a leader in international negotiations on a global post-2012 agreement. To achieve this, we need a clear set of basic principles on which the package will be based and a clear timeline for adoption. We aim to reach an agreement whereby the package can be approved by the Member States by the end of 2008, thus enabling it to be adopted by 2009 at the latest," declared the Slovenian Premier.

At the working dinner, the leaders also discussed the external dimension of energy security, in particular the security of energy supplies. They all agreed that, in negotiations with third parties on energy issues, the EU and its Member States should speak with a single voice.

Finally, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel informed the other EU leaders of their proposal for a 'Union for the Mediterranean', designed to upgrade the existing Barcelona Process and to include all the EU Member States and the non-EU Mediterranean coastal states.

On Friday, the European Council will formally approve conclusions on all three main topics: the launch of the second cycle of the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, the climate and energy package, and stability on the financial markets.

The Presidency Conclusions of the Brussels European Council.

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Source of information EU 2008
Keyword(s) Mediterranean-Union
Geographical coverage EU
News date 14/03/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH