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The United Kingdom's initial presidency statement, issued by Prime Minister Blair in December 1997, covered a broad range of issues, some innovative, others building on the agendas of previous presidencies. It is exceptional as well as unrealistic to expect policy objectives to be fully achieved during the relatively short tenure of a six-month presidency: consistency and progress between presidencies is the key indicator of Success.
Economic and Monetary Union, enlargement, reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the revision of the Lome Convention were all items inherited from previous presidencies that the United Kingdom adopted and further developed.
Clearly, this will meet with resistance, but by setting it as an agenda priority the United Kingdom has initiated a process that cannot be ignored by subsequent presidencies. Incremental change is better than no change at all.
Formally, the Lisbon Treaty has curtailed the range of power of rotating Presidencies and limited their visibility by removing the chairmanship of the European Council and foreign ministers' meetings.
Theoretically Integrating the Public and Institutional Presidencies
Returning to the public and institutional presidencies, we know that they both seemed to arrive or develop at roughly the same time.
The proceedings allowed discussion of feedback from the German EU Presidency and continuity between the different Presidencies. The priorities for France during the latter half of 2008 will be energy, the environment, immigration and the European defence identity.
The list setting the order of the revolving Presidencies of the European Union integrating Bulgaria and Romania has been drawn up.
If a new draft constitution is tabled following the French Presidency at the end of 2008, successive ratifications may be staged from 2009 and into 2010 (under the Czech and Swedish Presidencies - neither of which have yet ratified the current version - and the Spanish and Belgian Presidencies).
Nikiforos Diamandouros, has called on the European Parliament to support him in his bid to get the Council to reconsider its language policy for the EU Presidencies' websites.
The complaint was lodged after the Dutch and Luxembourg Presidencies decided not have their websites translated into German.
Education and training should complement each other, and combine to promote social, economic and regional cohesion.Taking account of competition at world level, the Presidency takes the view that it is necessary to develop an exchange of knowledge and experience on matters of mutual interest in the field of education.For work carried out in the future by EU Education Ministers, the Finnish Presidency also hopes to improve cooperation between the six-monthly rotating Presidencies of the EU.