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European Council: a historic agreement

N. Sarkozy, © Service photo de l'Elysée - Laurent Blevennec N. Sarkozy © Service photo de l'Elysée - Laurent Blevennec
  • from: 11.12.2008
  • to: 12.12.2008
  • In: Brussels

Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the French Republic, presided over the European Council held in Brussels on 11 and 12 December. A historic agreement was reached on climate protection and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The Council also reached an agreement on the European economic recovery plan, the Lisbon Treaty and the European Security and Defence Policy.

The European Council of 11 and 12 December 2008 reached a historic agreement on the energy and climate change package, which should be able to be finalised with the European Parliament by the end of the year. This decisive breakthrough will allow the European Union to honour its ambitious commitments and retain its leading role in seeking a global agreement at the World Climate Conference that will be held in Copenhagen next year.

The European Council also approved a European economic recovery plan, equivalent to 1.5% of the GDP of the European Union (approximately 200 billion euros). This plan constitutes the common framework for efforts undertaken by the Member States and the European Union to ensure that these efforts are consistent with one another, thereby maximising their effects.

The European Council expressed its will, by means of a number of concrete decisions, to give a new impetus to the European Security and Defence Policy in order to respond to the new security challenges.

Lastly, the European Council debated the elements aimed at responding to the concerns expressed during the Irish referendum and set out an approach to allow the Lisbon Treaty to enter into force before the end of 2009.


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  • Updated: 30.12.2008
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