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French EU 2008 Presidency: 3 points of view

The French Presidency of EU will start again on 1st of July 2008. Jacques Barrot, deputy President of the European Commission, and Pierre Moscovici, former deputy Secretary for European affairs, deliver their views on the stakes of the French presidency. From Brussels, Jacques Barrot analyses the French presidency as a major oportunity to complete numerous achievements relating to European economic regulation. From Paris, Pierre Moscovici calls for a new ambition of the French presidency to face the issues raised by the European political agenda a few months after the Treaty of Lisboa. The debate is introduced by Michel Roseau who is a lawyer in Paris specializing in EC and competition law.

On the French EU Presidency, see also : Jean-Paul Tran Thiet, Rainier d’Haussonville, EU French Presidency : Between industrial strategy and competition policy, what road for Europe ?, Concurrences, N° 2-2008.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. INTRODUCTORY WORDS Michel ROSEAU Counsel to the Court 1. A few weeks before the French Presidency of the European Union, the magazine Concurrenceshas chosen to open its columns to Jacques Barrot and Pierre Moscovici to give their views on the issues at stake at this crucial European meeting for our country and for Europe. 2. Three years after the shock of the French "no" to the draft European Constitution, France has a major opportunity to renew the pact of confidence that has historically linked it to the European project. 3. Admittedly, as Mr Moscovici quite rightly points out, a presidency is a short time - especially when it takes place in the

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Jacques Barrot, Michel Roseau, Pierre Moscovici, French EU 2008 Presidency: 3 points of view, May 2008, Concurrences N° 2-2008, Art. N° 16347, pp. 9-18

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