As a special guest, the Belgian Ambassador Marc Michielsen summarised the results of the presidency in the past six months. Ambassador Michielsen stressed on the measures that are necessary to be taken to counteract the negative effects of the economic and financial crisis. He also underlined the importance of the work that has to be done for the implementation of the Stockholm programme in the fields of interior and judiciary, and in the social dimension of the EU. He reminded the audience that 2010 was the year of combating poverty.
During the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the clusters of major importance, reflecting the main tasks, were:
- Combating the economic & financial crisis
- Reinforcing the social dimension of the EU
- Implementing the Stockholm Program Action Plan in matters of Justice & Home Affairs
- Environment and Climate
- External dimension: enlargement and common trade
Some of the most important actions during the period were related to:
At the same time, the Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov presented a report with a focus on organized crime, corruption, justice policy and the future Bulgarian membership in the Schengen agreement. Minister Tsvetanov declared that amendments in the interior law will be made by the end of December. He also stressed on the fact that the “Open Society” recommendations are taken into account and some of them are already under implementation. Minister Tsvetanov said that Bulgaria would be ready for joining the Schengen space by March 2011.