Fix EU executive 'crisis' pleads Chirac

29th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

ROME, Oct 29 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac urged the head of the incoming European Commission Friday to take "the appropriate decisions" to resolve a row over his EU executive team which has left the EU in limbo.

ROME, Oct 29 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac urged the head of the incoming European Commission Friday to take "the appropriate decisions" to resolve a row over his EU executive team which has left the EU in limbo.

He also said EU leaders should shoulder their responsibilities to ensure a rapid end to the institutional standoff, sparked when the European Parliament threatened to veto the incoming EU executive.

"I would like Mr Barroso to make the appropriate decisions to put together his college (of EU commissioners), and I would like everyone to shoulder their responsibilities so that a solution can be found rapidly," he said.

Chirac lamented the standoff "because Europe doesn't need a crisis at the heart of its institutions."

French diplomats said the comments were aimed at Barroso, the European Parliament and EU governments which put forward nominees for the Brussels-based Commission.

Barroso has said it may take weeks to reshuffle his team after EU lawmakers protested over Italian nominee Rocco Buttiglione, who sparked a storm by saying that homosexuality is "sin" and that women should stay at home to make babies.

Chirac added that Barroso was "correct to delay the presentation of the new Commission before the (EU) parliament."

Europe "needs a Commission which is strong, independent and able to work as soon as possible to take on the problems which the European Union faces," added.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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