Happy New Year and Good Luck Spain2009/12/31
The year is coming to its end and so is the Swedish Presidency. It has been a fantastic year with so much fun, hard work and a lot of results. It has really been a privilege to be able to move the European agenda forward for six months. Apart for some rest over Christmas, this week has been dominated by the entering into force of the service directive and the demonstrations and arrests in Iran.
The service directive is good for Europe, it will facilitate for service providers, create new jobs and improve for consumers.
The turmoil in Iran is deeply worrying even if we know very little of what is actually happening. Rumours talk about arrests and killings of dissidents, something totally unacceptable. If I could wish one thing for 2010, it would be for democracy and respect for human rights to come also to Iran.
In only a few hours, Spain will take over the Presidency of the European Union. I am sure we are in safe hands with them and wish them all the best.
With this, this blog will close. I thank all readers and wish you a Happy New Year!