A growth package for Europe and the full European Union (EU)seven-year budget were under discussion at an informal meeting ofEU ministers for European Affairs, which closed in Horsens, westernDenmark, on Monday. The meeting marked the first time the ministers have discussed thefull range of means for promoting growth in the debt-hit 27-memberEU bloc, the Danish EU Presidency said in a press statement. The talks come ahead of a meeting of the European Council scheduledJune 28-29, where EU top leaders are set to discuss a pan-Europegrowth package. “Consolidation, structural reforms and growth measures can and mustgo hand in hand . Panel Mount Keyboard
(today) we took the first important stepstowards a growth package in Europe,” said Danish Minister forEuropean Affairs Nicolai Wammen, who hosted the meeting. The Danish EU Presidency has put green growth and job creation atthe top of its priority list in a bid to get Europe out offinancial crisis. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt expressed support foran EU-wide growth pact in May, following similar calls by FrenchPresident Francois Hollande. The two-day Horsens meeting also saw ministers examining ways inwhich the seven-year EU budget (2014-2020), also known as theMulti-annual Financial Framework (MFF), can help promote growth inEurope. The budget covers areas such as common agriculture policy, cohesionpolicy, and research and development policy. Numeric Keypad With Mouse Manufacturer
“In our discussions we also looked at ways of using the MFF as atool for growth and jobs .. we are talking about a seven yearbudget framework of around 1,000 billion euros. It’s a lot of moneyand it’s essential we spend them to promote growth and employment,”Wammen said. A final set of negotiating elements for the budget will bepresented at the Council meeting end June, and will be used as abasis for further negotiations in the second half of 2012, thestatement said. The Horsens meeting marks the last of a series of informalministerial meetings hosted by the Danish EU Presidency, which runstill end June. Industrial Mini Keyboard
No decisions are made at informal EU meetings but ministers usethem as an opportunity to discuss in depth the basis for futurepolicy.