Later this week, Denmark’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will officially be launched. These ‘Presidencies‘ rotate between countries, and see a different EU member-state take over the running of the Council every 6 months. Although the importance of the Presidencies have arguably decreased since the passing of the Lisbon Treaty, they are still a chance for each EU member-state to try and highlight certain issues on the EU’s agenda. Of course, the Eurozone crisis is going to play a big part on that agenda no matter what the Danish Presidency might do.
On 11 January, the European Commission will meet the Danish Government and an official opening ceremony will take place. The programme for the Danish Presidency (which was officially presented last week) clearly states that one of the priorities of the upcoming 6 months will be the environment: Denmark wishes to conduct the EU Presidency “as sustainably as possible”, “reducing the direct environmental impact of meeting activities simultaneously by displaying social and economic responsibility”.
What do YOU think? Is this the right focus? Is there room on the agenda for environmental sustainability to be one of the main issues for European leaders? Or should the Eurozone crisis be the only priority? Do you think concerns for the environment have been squeezed off the European agenda? Let us know your thoughts in the form below, and we’ll take them to policy-makers and experts (including a couple of Danish politicians) for their reactions.