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Press Releases

01.01.2006

Message from Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel

Beginning of the Austrian EU Council Presidency

 

A fresh start for Europe!

From 1 January 2006, Austria assumes the role of Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For the next six months, the members of Austria's Federal Government will chair the meetings of the European Council and endeavour to serve the Community well.

Our Presidency will have to address a number of major issues crucial to the future of the European Union. The Financial Perspective 2007-2013 adopted by the 25 Heads of State and Government in December 2005 must now also gain the consent of the European Parliament and the Commission. Furthermore, the period of reflection on the future of Europe is to be evaluated during these six months in order to find a way forward on the European Constitutional Treaty. Measures to promote growth, jobs, research and technological development as well as questions of enhanced security cooperation also make for a busy agenda.

Austria wishes to use its Presidency above all to bring Europe closer again to its people and to boost confidence in the European project. Europe should serve and protect us. That is why it is particularly important to me that we keep the idea of a shared, multi-faceted European Continent alive and support it in practical ways. Let us give Europe a fresh start!

 

Date: 01.01.2006