ADVERTISEMENT

Barroso says EU needs constitution before letting Turkey in

EU

The European Union needs to overhaul its decision-making machinery before admitting Turkey and Croatia, European Commission President Jose Barroso said. The defeat of the EU's planned constitution leaves the bloc with a decision-making system that will be stretched to the limit once Bulgaria and Romania become members, Barroso said at a news conference in Brussels yesterday with French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. „We can't continue enlarging again and again without clarifying the institutional issue,” he said. „As a president of the EU commission I think it would be unwise to bring in other member states apart from Romania and Bulgaria, who will be joining us soon.” The commission, the EU's executive arm, will rule on Tuesday whether Romania and southern neighbor Bulgaria can join as scheduled on January 1. Turkey, with entry talks under way since October, is seeking to join in 10 to 15 years. Croatia is also negotiating entry and Macedonia was declared an EU „candidate” last month. Bulgaria and Romania would expand the EU to 27 countries, the limit under current treaties. The constitution, designed to make an even larger EU run more efficiently, was vetoed last year in referendums in France and the Netherlands. EU leaders have put off trying to salvage the constitution until the end of 2008. Barroso said he hoped the EU would conclude negotiations with Croatia „as quickly as possible.” (Bloomberg)

ADVERTISEMENT

Fiscal, monetary policy partnership needed to rein in CPI - ... Analysis

Fiscal, monetary policy partnership needed to rein in CPI - ...

Parliament approves amendment to Competition Act Parliament

Parliament approves amendment to Competition Act

New CEO announced at Codic Hungary Appointments

New CEO announced at Codic Hungary

FAO–Food Bank convoy delivers food to those in need City

FAO–Food Bank convoy delivers food to those in need

SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL

Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.