On February 10-11, Valdis Dombrovskis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, will participate in the informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels; it is planned to discuss the EU 2020 strategy, the climate change policy after the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, and the situation in Haiti.
On Wednesday, February 10, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis is meeting Joaquin Almunia, who by now was the EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, in order to express acknowledgement for his support to the fiscal policy of the Latvian Government and to discuss further cooperation in the new area of competence of Almunia - competition. As reported, on February 9, Almunia was appointed as the Vice-President of the Commission and Commissioner for Competition.
On Thursday, February 11, during the meeting of the European Council, the main focus will be on the EU 2020 strategy which will set the EU-level targets and mark the main lines of activity for the Member States in the next decade under a coordinated framework for attainment of these targets. Latvia maintains that the main task of the EU 2020 strategy is to strengthen growth potential and competitiveness both of the whole EU and every Member State. The strategy should cover such lines of activity as education, research, innovation, business, employment and energy safety, and it should also strengthen competitiveness of underdeveloped rural areas.
During the informal meeting of the European Council it is also planned to discuss the climate change policy and further strategy after the Climate Conference in Copenhagen. Another focus of the meeting will be the situation in Haiti and further involvement of the EU in restoration of the country.
The Prime Minister will return in Latvia in the evening of February 11.
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