With the symbolic passing of the baton, Germany has handed over the rotating EU presidency to Portugal.
German Foreign Minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier, met his Portuguese counterpart, Luis Amado, in front of Berlin’s Brandeburg Gate to formally end his country’s six month rule.
Now that the EU Constitution’s been resurrected Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates spoke exclusively to EuroNews to explain what will be Lisbon’s priorities.
“Germany succeeded in getting what it wanted from the presidency; that is a mandate. And we must transform that mandate into a treaty. We know that getting the final details right is always the most difficult part, that’s when tricky areas appear. But we’re ready for that,” he said.
Portugal is now aiming to have the so-called simplified treaty ratified at the Intergovernmental conference on July 23.