UK, France, Germany to meet on EU vote

10th December 2003, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, Dec 10 (AFP) - The leaders of Germany, France and Britain plan to meet before a crucial European Union summit in Brussels Friday as a show of support for the Italian presidency of the bloc, a German government spokesman said Wednesday.

BERLIN, Dec 10 (AFP) - The leaders of Germany, France and Britain plan to meet before a crucial European Union summit in Brussels Friday as a show of support for the Italian presidency of the bloc, a German government spokesman said Wednesday.

"The aim is to sit down again before the summit and offer common support for the presidency," spokesman Bela Anda told reporters here. "This is important, especially if one assumes that this meeting over the weekend has got to be a success."

The spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair had earlier announced Friday's breakfast meeting with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac, describing such huddles as "common practice".

With Italy winding up its six-month turn at the rotating EU presidency, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be chairing the summit that will aim to finalise the bloc's first-ever constitution.

Anda insisted that the meeting was not aimed at pitting EU powerhouses against smaller member countries, many of whom are vying for greater representation under the new treaty.

"That is the aim of this meeting and not any kind of sign of the large countries standing against the small," he said.


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