Spain currently holds the presidency of the European Union, and Prime Minister Jose Louis Rodriguez Zapatero called for the members of the EU for united economic policies to get rid of the economic and financial crisis which has engulfed the bloc since the last 18 months.

Speaking at a joint conference with the European Union’s first full-time president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso, Zapatero laid emphasis on united policies for the bloc, especially regarding economic matters. He said that Spain’s ‘main objective’ during its six month presidency would be ‘moving the economy forward’. 

Zapatero was supported on the stance for united policies by both Van Rompuy and Barroso. He also stressed on the formulation of an EU 2020 strategy which would focus on growth that would be green and socially inclusive, and that an exterior policy was necessary to defend the common interests of European countries.

All three leaders were unanimous in the thinking that the main priority of the European Union should be creating employment and working towards economic recovery.