End of the French Presidency of the EU
(January 1st - June 30, 2009)
(July 1st - December 31, 2008)
A Europe that acts to respond to today’s challenges
The six months of the French Presidency were primarily marked by a series of international crises (conflict in Georgia, economic and financial crises) in which the European Union was able to play a decisive role thanks to its capacity to act in a reactive, voluntary and united manner.
President Sarkozy’s last speech (under French Presidency) to European Parliament (excerpts), Strasbourg, 16 December 2008
Statement by the presidency of the Council of the European Union (December 16, 2008)
The Ministerial Conference on Water held on 22 December 2008 on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan marked the speeding up of the issue of water management and the first important step for the implementation of the decisions made by Heads of State and Government on 13 July 2008 in Paris for the Union for the Mediterranean.
The emblem for France’s presidency of the European Union illustrates the strengthening of ties between France and the European Union. It symbolizes France’s commitment to serving the wellbeing of all Europeans. Put plain and simple, the presidency is directing its attention to Europeans. It is both politically and publicly oriented.
European official anthem
This is the European flag. It is the symbol not only of the European Union but also of Europe’s unity and identity in a wider sense. The circle of gold stars represents solidarity and harmony between the peoples of Europe.
The number of stars has nothing to do with the number of Member States. There are twelve stars because the number twelve is traditionally the symbol of perfection, completeness and unity. The flag therefore remains unchanged regardless of EU enlargements. History of the flag.
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