By Marcin Grajewski

SPAIN will seek quick approval of laws to combat the economic crisis, especially covering financial supervision, during its six-month presidency of the European Union next year, a Spanish official said yesterday.

Spain's other priorities when it takes the helm from Sweden on Jan. 1 will be setting up an EU diplomatic corps to help strengthen the bloc's global role, and tackling violence against women to show that the Union cares about people's needs.

“We have to work hard to obtain real economic recovery, growth and quality jobs. This will be our main priority,” Diego Lopez Garrido, Spain's minister for European affairs said.

Europe is emerging from its worst economic crisis since World War Two but the recovery is fragile and marked by concerns that the 27-country bloc could slip back into recession as unemployment rises.

Member states' governments and the European Parliament are negotiating laws designed to prevent any similar crises in the future by tightening financial regulation.


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