EUROPEAN COMMISSION/COUNCIL PRESIDENCY : BARROSO AND MERKEL ATTACKaRUSSIA'S CUT IN OIL EXPORTS

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION/COUNCIL PRESIDENCY : BARROSO AND MERKEL ATTACKaRUSSIA'S CUT IN OIL EXPORTS


The traditional meeting between the European Commission and the Presidency-in-Office of the European Union, namely Germany from 1 January 2007, has taken place against an energy crisis backdrop.

Split up into 16 working groups, the commissioners and members of the federal government held a series of bilateral' meetings at the Bundestag, after having lunch together.

Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined the difficult priorities of her Presidency at a press conference: first and foremost, energy, "for which the Presidency has great ambitions and is available to negotiate common objectives;" the Constitution, "where we must work out a road map in order to move forward;" "better lawmaking [ ] because there are stakes other than bureaucracy; this is important for SMEs". She added to that list consolidation of the internal market and especially of the area of security and justice.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso wished the German Presidency "good luck" (in German), saying he hoped to see Europe make progress during its six months at the helm. "And not just Europe," he added with a smile, "but my German as well". Speaking in the Presidency's capital, he made a point of defending enlargement and the euro. "Enlargement is an important success for Germany, for growth, exports and the creation of jobs in particular. …

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