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Taking on the challenge
Presentation of Swedish Presidency priorities
1 July–31 December 2009
”The European Union is facing a crucial period.
Together we must deal with the economic crises
and unemployment, but also unite the world to
tackle climate change. The Swedish Presidency is
ready to take on the challenge.”
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Vision for Europe second half of 2009
• Strong and effective – common
responsibility to meet the challenges of
today and tomorrow
• Open, responsive and results-oriented
Institutional issues
• European Parliament
• The Commission
• The Lisbon Treaty
Two main challenges
• Economy and employment
– the EU should emerge from the economic
crises in a stronger position
• Climate change
– the EU will continue to take responsibility for
the climate threat
Other important challenges
• Stockholm Programme
– Safeguarding security and the rights of the
• Baltic Sea Strategy
– A cleaner marine environment and a more
competitive region
• EU, its neighbourhood and the world
– Strengthen the EU’s role as a global actor
– Continued enlargement process
Economic crisis
• Follow up agreed measures, preparedness to take
new initiatives
• Strengthened supervisory framework for financial
markets in Europe
• Prepare EU positions in view of G20 meetings
• Priority to action regarding measures on the labour
market: limit unemployment, reduce exclusion,
return people to work
• Long term challenges; focused strategy for longterm growth and employment (i.e. successor to the
Lisbon Strategy)
Climate agreement
• International climate agreement in
• Remaining critical problems
• Continued EU unity
• Development of EU policy and EU positions
Stockholm Programme
• Adopt a new strategic work program within
the Justice and Home Affairs area
• Citizen’s Europe
• Guarantee the rights of the individual
• Asylum and migration policy
EU Baltic Sea Strategy
• Develop EU’s macro regional cooperation
through adopting a Baltic Sea Strategy
• Tackle marine environmental challenges,
improve growth potential and joint
measures to counteract cross boarder
• Link EU initiatives, policy instruments and
resources to benefit the Baltic Sea Region
EU, its neighbourhood and the world
Preparedness for the unexpected
Effective and coherent external policy
Continued enlargement process
Relations with neighbouring countries
Strengthened cooperation and political role in the
Development policy
Trade policy
Summits with third countries
EU’s crises management capabilities
”Our ambition is to achieve results on a wide
range of issues with the whole of Europe’s best
interests in mind. We will do this via an open and
efficient Presidency that focuses on the citizens”
EU Affairs Minister Cecilia Malmström
Presidency Website
For further information
on the Swedish Presidency
– please visit our website: