EU chief Barroso renews criticism of Germany

17th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2007, Berlin (dpa) - The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, on Wednesday renewed his criticism of Germany's attitude to energy reforms in the European Union.

17 October 2007

Berlin (dpa) - The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, on Wednesday renewed his criticism of Germany's attitude to energy reforms in the European Union.

Barroso told the German daily Die Welt that Berlin appeared to be dissatisfied with pledges on a reform of the energy market made at a EU summit earlier this year.

"Under Germany's EU presidency, the EU summit in March agreed to create a common energy market," he said. "There was unanimous agreement on unbundling - the separation of energy production and supply networks."

When the European Commission presented its recommendations, "critical voices were raised in Germany and elsewhere," Barroso said.

"After the exertions of the German presidency, it would be understandable if a 'post-presidential syndrome' sets in. But I trust that this will not be the case and that Germany represents its national interests within a European perspective."

On October 8, Belgian newspaper De Standaard published a wide- ranging interview with Barroso in which the head of the European Union's executive arm accused Germany of "contradictory" behaviour towards the EU.

His remarks annoyed some sections of the German media, but the government sought to play down the criticism, pointing to "excellent" relations between Barroso and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

DPA

Subject: German news

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