The second sentence of the fifth point of “A Plan for Growth in Europe” signed by twelve EU Prime Ministers reads: “This year we should conclude free trade agreements with … countries of the Eastern neighbourhood”.
Prime Ministers of twelve EU member countries announced a joint “Plan for Growth in Europe”, published in a form of a letter addressed to President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy and President of the European Commission Jose Manuela Barroso. In the submitted document, the European leaders outlined a proposal for ending the crisis in Europe. They encompassed the remedial measures, indispensable to avert it, in an eight-point letter.
According to the EU heads of governments, the matters of the highest importance are as followed: the first problem is enforcing implementation of joint resolutions, mainly in the field of services sector, which accounts for ca. four fifths of European economy. Second goes the need of a single market concerning the digital sphere, copyrights and e-trade. Creating internal energy market is third, followed by environment for innovations. The fifth point of the plan regards “decisive action to deliver open global markets”. The authors believe that the EU “should conclude free trade agreements with India, Canada, countries of the Eastern neighbourhood and a number of ASEAN partners”, and also encourage “economic integration with the US … seek to deepen trade and investment relations with Russia … [and] China”. Next is reducing “burdens on small businesses”. The issues number seven and eight include concrete proposals for restructuring the labour market and healing the banking sector.
The Plan could be called a joint programme coalition created by PMs of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden, preceding the summit of the European Council, planned on 1-2 March.
Read the full document: A Plan for Growth in Europe.
Translated by KD