Denmark’s prime minister has been presenting the country’s programme for its six month presidency of the EU.
Tackling Europe’s economic woes will be key to Copenhagen’s efforts although the Danes themselves do not use the embattled euro single currency.
“Denmark will work for a responsible European economy,” premier Helle Thorning-Schmidt told a news conference in the Danish capital. “Europe has to get out of this crisis, prevent new crises and focus on growth and job creation. That means, first of all, that European countries must implement the reforms necessary to restore public finance. This is what is needed to regain market confidence.”
Denmark will also seek to put a green stamp on the EU by promoting investment in eco-friendly jobs and technology as well as measures to boost energy efficiency and curb carbon emissions.