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New EU chief: Economy will top summit agenda

New EU chief: Economy will top summit agenda

The European Union's first president says he will insist that EU leaders act to push Europe into stronger growth at a summit he has called for February.
In comments published Wednesday on the EU presidency web site, Van Rompuy said that "how best to coordinate to counter the adverse impact of the crisis on jobs and on public finances, how to plan strategies for the next stage once recovery is secured" will top the summit's agenda.
A date for the summit must still be fixed.
A recently adopted treaty created the post of EU president but is vague on the job's powers, other than saying the president must coordinate and chair EU summits.
Van Rompuy said meetings of EU leaders must become forums where coordinated leadership allows the European Union to "punch its weight" internationally.


Updated : 2021-05-17 08:15 GMT+08:00