Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has outlined her government’s EU presidency priorities to the European Parliament.
Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg she admitted the next six months would be a challenge, but insisted Denmark would not be daunted.
“Budget discipline, growth and jobs, green policies and ensuring the safety to our citizens and the voice of Europe in the world – these are our priorities. In the middle of an economic crisis, I don’t expect the Danish presidency to be easy, but I can assure you that the presidency will not be daunted either. We are not built like that.”
Though it does not use the euro, Denmark has made the bloc’s debt crisis a key issue during its presidency. That includes drafting a new ‘fiscal compact’ which aims to impose stricter budget rules in the eurozone.