Ahead of the meeting of the European council on 14-15 March 2013, António Vitorino, the president of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, answers the following questions:
1 – This European Council spring summit is un important step for the new “European semester”: What results do you expect from the debate?
2 – Should the European Council review its deficit reduction strategy or timetable?
3 – Do you think that the European Council should send out a specific signal to countries in difficulty, for instance Cyprus or Italy?
4 – The European Council is due to review the progress made in implementing the “growth and employment pact”, with particular with regard to the single market: what are the main priorities?
5 – The European Council is expected to assess the new multi-annual financial framework and the legislative proposals that it has spawned. What message should it issue?
6 – The European Council is due to debate the EU’s foreign policy. Can we expect any concrete results to emerge?