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European Union

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues he has identified as strategic priorities for the European Union; and if he will make a statement. (322295)

The Government see the primary strategic priorities for the EU as to deliver an open and competitive European economy, to promote stability and growth in its neighbourhood, and to work for sustainability, openness and security in the wider world.

The Government are at the forefront of promoting and driving action across this agenda. We have led the debate on the future shape of an ambitious, innovative, low carbon jobs and growth orientated economic agenda, as set out in the Prime Minister’s Compact for Jobs and Growth. We continue to encourage the EU to deliver further enlargement, and to promote the reforms necessary within the aspirant countries, including particularly increased capacity and effectiveness of government institutions, transparent and accountable judicial institutions, and restructured and reformed economies. And we continue to drive efforts to ensure the EU promotes international security and stability, including through effective policy toward major external issues, a coordinated approach towards common security and defence policy operations, and effective institutional structure, including for the European External Action Service, that help to deliver the strategic priorities as a whole.