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The Hungarian Presidency (First Half 2011)

Hungary took over the EU presidency from Belgium on 1st January 2011 for the first half of the year 2011 (1st January – 31st  June 2011). 
The Hungarian Presidency is part of the first “trio presidency” in the history of the EU, collaboration between three presidencies in a row (Spain, Belgium, Hungary) in order to successfully comply with the requirements of the transitional first period under the Lisbon Treaty. The next trio presidency will be Poland, Denmark and Cyprus. 

Therefore its long term goals are going to be the ones followed also by Spain and Belgium under the “trio presidency” programme: 

- The 'EU 2020' strategy for growth and jobs - which is to replace the Lisbon Agenda - financial supervision

- The social agenda

- Energy and climate change and

- Strengthening the EU's external action (for more please see here below )

More specifiaclly the Hungarian Presidency  wishes to build its political agenda around the human factor, focusing on four main topics:

- Growth and employment for preserving the European social model

- Stronger Europe

- Citizen friendly Union and

- Enlargement and neighbourhood policy


However, considerable attention will also be given to animal welfare topics such as in the following areas:  

- The main directions of the CAP and the dairy market legislation package

- Animal protection and cloning

- Geographical indication and food product information

- Blue tongue disease and bee health

- Sustainable fishing and aquaculture