On the second day of the European Council, Heads of State and Government will focus on the follow-up to the Copenhagen Conference, both as regards the international negotiation process and the Union's relations with its strategic partners
EU Leaders will also discuss the European Commission's 2020 strategy for jobs and growth and exchange views on the main issues on the agenda of the forthcoming G20 Summit in Toronto.
On Thursday, countries from eurozone have agreed on a financial backstop for Greece that will combine bilateral loans from other eurozone governments and the International Monetary Fund, a move aimed at stopping the government debt crisis that has undermined the shared currency
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||Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
||José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister
||Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister
||Traian Basescu, Romanian President
||Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister
||Gordon Bajnai, Hungarian Prime Minister
||Jean-Claude Trichet, ECB President
||Matti Vanhanen, Finnish Prime Minister
||Yves Leterme, Belgian Prime Minister
||Arrival of and SOUNDBITE (German) Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor: I am very satisfied with yesterday's compromise. I believe that Europe demonstrated its capacity for action on this issue. Europe also did a lot for the euro stability, as well as in matter of solidarity for a country facing great difficulties. And for us, it is really important to guarantee the success of our currency in the long term for the community. Yesterday was a very important day for the eurozone. Today, we are going to discuss on the EU 2020 strategy. So, I am generally really satisfied with this European Council.
||Jan Fischer, Czech Prime Minister
||Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister
||Dalia Grybauskaité, Lithuanian President
||Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative and EC Vice President
||Jan Peter Balkenende, Dutch Prime Minister
||Jean-Claude Juncker, Eurogroup president, Luxembourgian Prime Minister
||Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor
||Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus
||Brian Cowen, Irish Prime Minister
||Frederik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister
||Arrival of and SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso, EC President: I am very happy of the result yesterday, yesterday it was really a very important result, for Greece, the euro area and the European Union. We have shown that it is possible to deal with something that is a new challenge, in a truly European way. So, I am extremely happy with the solution that was found, very much along with the proposals of the European Commission, I mean a European mechanism, of course, also open to IMF. It was a great result. Today, we have to complete our work, namely on European 2020 (strategy) and I will also speak on the G20, the big challenges of the next G20 Summit. I think that it is important that Europe comes there with a common voice and that we do not now water down our ambition, we should not go back to business a usual in terms of financial regulation, financial supervision, this is important at a level playing field and for that the role Europe, the United States and some of our main partners it is critically important.
||Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister
||Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister
||Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister
||Nicolas Sarkozy, French President
||Lars Loekke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister
||Borut Pahor, Slovenian Prime Minister
||Robert Fico, Slovakian Prime Minister
||SOUNDBITE (English) George A. Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister: it is a very positive decision, not only for Greece but for all of Europe, showing the strength and fortifying the eurozone, fortifying the the stability. We are on our way to a much better path. Thank you very much.
||José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister