France calls for return to order in EUafter Barroso backdown

28th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 27 (AFP) - France Wednesday expressed the hope that Europe can be quickly returned to working order after incoming EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso was forced to withdraw his proposed team of new commissioners.

PARIS, Oct 27 (AFP) - France Wednesday expressed the hope that Europe can be quickly returned to working order after incoming EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso was forced to withdraw his proposed team of new commissioners.

"We need European institutions that are in working order, a strong commission that takes initiatives and safeguards treaties, a parliament which legislates and provides checks, and a Council (EU leaders) which expresses the voice of the states," government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope said.

"Each institution assume its responsibilities so that Europe can quickly be put back in working order."

Earlier Wednesday Barroso withdrew his proposed team of commissioners amid controversy over his choice for justice chief, Rocco Buttiglione, who has sparked a storm with contentious comments on gays and women.

The move followed signs that the European Parliament would refuse to endorse Barroso' team, chiefly because of objections to Buttiglione.

Barroso has said he will now consult with EU leaders - whom he is due to meet in Rome on Friday, at a ceremony to sign the EU's new constitution - before presenting a new line-up to the EU assembly.

© AFP

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