I attended an informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 11 February.
Leaders discussed the financial situation in Greece. They fully supported Greece’s commitment to ensure that the ambitious targets set in the stability programme for 2010 and the following years are met. The euro area member states committed to take determined and co-ordinated action to safeguard financial stability in the euro area as a whole.
The leaders also discussed the Europe 2020 strategy, the successor to the Lisbon strategy for jobs and growth. There was support for the ideas contained in the UK’s compact for jobs and growth and agreement on the need to co-ordinate activity to achieve a higher level of growth. I look forward to the publication of the Commission’s detailed proposals on 3 March.
The leaders also discussed climate change, Iran and Haiti.