Spain and Italy to breath new life into EU constitution
20 February 2007, IBIZA - Spain and Italy agreed on Tuesday to join forces to try to resuscitate the ailing European constitution and to relaunch the integration process.
20 February 2007
IBIZA - Spain and Italy agreed on Tuesday to join forces to try to resuscitate the ailing European constitution and to relaunch the integration process.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Italian prime minister Romano Prodi met in Ibiza for bilateral talks.
Zapatero said Madrid and Rome would back the German European Union presidency in trying to move from "a phase of stagnation to a time of initiative".
He advocated a solution preserving the "essence" of the European constitution while making it acceptable to countries who have not ratified the document.
Prodi said Spain, Italy and Germany could be "forerunners" in reactivating the union.
He added the importance of resolving the constitutional debate before the 2009 European elections.
Spain and Italy also announced the establishment of a Mediterranean Agency for Company Development, which will set up financial mechanisms to encourage the creation of small and medium- sized companies especially in North Africa.
Madrid and Rome reiterated their commitments to maintain troops in Afghanistan, while Prodi stressed the importance of implicating the neighbouring countries and of achieving peace.
Both sides agreed deals on technological and industrial cooperation and on protecting agricultural products which are part of the Mediterranean diet.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news