OECD economist urges EU treaty yes vote

24th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 24 (AFP) - OECD chief economist Jean-Philippe Cotis on Tuesday implicitly backed a yes vote in Sunday's heated referendum in France on the European Union's constitution.

PARIS, May 24 (AFP) - OECD chief economist Jean-Philippe Cotis on Tuesday implicitly backed a yes vote in Sunday's heated referendum in France on the European Union's constitution.   

Cotis declined to formally support the new constitution, which aims to prevent decision-making gridlock in the 25-member bloc, when asked for his view at a press conference after the OECD released its latest survey of the world economy.      

But he said that "if we want to make monetary union function in a credible way then we have to quickly pursue (European) integration."          

"We will not be at peace by slowing down the rhythm of reform," he said.  

The latest opinion polls have indicated that 53 percent of decided French voters would reject the treaty in Sunday's referendum.

 

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