26 Mar 2010The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, arrived in Brussels yesterday to join other EU leaders for the Spring European Council.
Discussions will focus on driving forward European economic reform and the new strategy for jobs and growth that is to replace the Lisbon strategy.
The Council follows announcements made in the Budget yesterday ensuring that jobs and growth are at the heart of the recovery.
Economic recovery will also be discussed in relation to preparations for the Toronto G20 Summit later this year.
Last week, the Prime Minister and President Sarkozy of France met in London and spoke of their determination to work together to promote global economic recovery.
The Prime Minister said:
“We believe that the G20 must move with more determination and more consistency and more speed. And we believe we need more global cooperation now not less. And we believe our national growth policies must be consistent with strong, sustainable and balanced global growth. So we agreed today that we need to develop a globally coordinated approach.”
EU leaders will also discuss the follow-up to the United Nations’ conference on climate change in Copenhagen in December and how the EU can revitalise the climate change negotiating process.
Source: Number 10 website