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Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, welcomes internet users to the website of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 

Dear visitors,

Welcome to the website of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Climate change, the environment, immigration, food safety, health, the economy and finance are the areas in which we are facing the biggest challenges today. They are at the heart of the concerns of Europe's citizens, who expect the European Union to respond in a strong and definite manner.

The European Union has both the assets and the ambition to meet these expectations. It is built on strong values which have inspired the European project since its inception and shaped its identity in the world.

The programme of the French Presidency aims to respond to the main concerns of Europeans, mainly with regard to energy and climate change, issues concerning immigration, agriculture and food safety, defence and security. Furthermore, the French Presidency naturally also wants to advance the EU's action in all the main areas, particularly those pertaining to society, the economy, finance and culture, and on an international level.

In order to meet these challenges and to serve the general European interest, the French Presidency will need the support and engagement of everyone. You can count on my determination to make this presidency a presidency that is useful for Europe and for the Europeans.

Nicolas Sarkozy,
President of the European Council

  • Updated: 19.11.2008
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