EUROPEAN COUNCIL: POETTERING (EU PARLIAMENT), "FINDING AGREEMENT ON ECONOMIC CRISIS AND CLIMATE"

The European response to the financial crisis must be based on a policy "built on soundness, responsibility and stability". This was asked by Hans-Gert Poettering of the leaders of the 27 EU member states gathered in Brussels for the decisive summit on economic issues, the climate/energy package and the Lisbon Treaty. In his speech, which opened the meeting of the EU Council, the president of the European Parliament gave a positive opinion of the fact that the measures submitted by the EU "overall place emphasis on research, innovation and sustainable growth", i.e. on long-term investments. Then he recalled that, to accomplish the "social market economy", which is typical of the EU’s history, it is also essential to "invest in the citizens, which means investing in education and training". Poettering added that "the third industrial revolution is under way", and the current recession can be turned "into a chance". As to this, he referred back to the other item on the agenda, asking the leaders for agreement in order to address climate change, "considering the position taken by Parliament", which is the co-decision-maker in this sphere along with the Council of Europe. (continued)” “

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