With the fireworks and fanfare now over, Spain appears to be wasting no time in implementing its agenda as holder of the EU’s rotating presidency.
Spain’s Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has already discussed how to balance roles with the new European Council President.
Madrid has indicated that it wants Herman Van Rompuy to take the lead but it has also made its own intentions clear; it wants to secure the bloc’s economic recovery and boost the country’s own faltering fortunes.
To do that, Zapatero will today meet Jacques Delors and Felipe Gonzales. The French former European Commission president and the ex-Spanish prime minister are expected to form part of a so-called “wise council” which will meet regularly to discuss ways of fighting the worst effects of the recession.
Spain’s former Economy Minister Pedro Solbes and current post holder Elena Salgado are also expected to be part of the team.
Meanwhile, Spain’s Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos has urged Cuba to explain why it denied entry to a Spanish Socialist MEP, Luis Yanez.
Cuban authorities have refused to say why but a Cuban dissident claims the pair planned to meet.