Spain takes over EU presidency; PM promises end to eco crisis

Spain has taken over the presidency of the EU and the Prime Minister says his country will strive to end Europe`s economic crisis.

Last Updated: Jan 01, 2010, 19:37 PM IST

Madrid: Spain has taken over the presidency of the EU and the Prime Minister says his country will strive to end Europe`s economic crisis.
Spain took over the presidency from Sweden today. It is
the first under the bloc`s overhauled structure.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that
under the new Treaty of Lisbon the 27-member European Union
must work to assert itself more on the global stage.

One of the key goals of the treaty is to streamline EU
decision-making procedures so the bloc can act more quickly.
It also created the post of full-time president, Belgium`s
Herman Van Rompuy, and named a new foreign policy chief,
Britain`s Catherine Ashton.

Zapatero spoke in a short video posted on a Web site the
government has created to launch the presidency.

PTI