British PM hosts EU president for talks
British Prime Minister David Cameron held talks Monday with European Union president Herman Van Rompuy, setting out his priorities for how the EU should tackle pressing "global challenges".
The meeting at the PM's Downing Street office in London was the first face-to-face talks between the pair since Cameron became Britain's premier last month.
Cameron's Conservative Party is more Eurosceptic than the Labour Party of his predecessor Gordon Brown, though his coalition partners the Liberal Democrats take a more pro-EU line.
"The PM and Herman Van Rompuy met this morning," a Downing Street spokesman said.
"This, their first meeting, was an opportunity to discuss the upcoming EU Council's agenda," he said, referring to the meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on June 17.
"The prime minister reiterated the crucial role all countries in the EU have in working together to face the global challenges -- maintaining competitiveness, trade, tackling climate change and poverty, and on foreign policy issues.
"It was also an opportunity for the Prime Minister to set out the UK's priorities for the upcoming G20 summit, including fiscal consolidation, financial regulation and the reinvigoration of global trade."
The next Group of 20 summit will take place in Toronto on June 26-27.
© 2010 AFP