EU leaders give little away on Lisbon balance
European heads of government avoided serious debate over how to balance the economic, social and environmental pillars of the EU's Lisbon strategy when they met in Brussels on 4-5 November. They asked the European Commission to propose changes by January, taking into account last week's advisory report from former Dutch prime minister Wim Kok (EED 04/11/04) and a forthcoming review of the EU sustainable development strategy. According to sources Lisbon was little discussed at the summit, though leaders of France and Estonia both warned against diluting Lisbon's environmental aspect. See presidency conclusions.