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EU presidency (Letter to the Editor of The Independent)

11 January 2009

The reform entailing a permanent President of the EU is one of the changes in the Lisbon Treaty which would improve the workings of the EU (John Lichfield, 3 January). Six-month stints rotating 27 times is a recipe for discontinuity and confusion. The EU faces many challenges in 2009 and in the case of two dominant issues – the economic downturn and climate change – looks set to play a key role. Let us hope that the co-operation engendered by the recent Sarkozy-led Presidency is not lost over the coming year.

Roland Rudd

Chairman, Business for New Europe, London EC2

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