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European Commission

Asked if the Prime Minister supported the right of MEPs to block the appointment of a member of the new European Commission, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that the Prime Minister, together with other European leaders, supported European Commission President-elect Barroso whom the European Council had appointed unanimously to the post in July. The Prime Minister had obviously been in contact with Mr Barroso to discuss recent developments and fully supported his efforts to achieve a resolution. Ultimately, however, this was a matter primarily for the European Commission and European Parliament to sort out. Asked if the Prime Minister supported the appointment of Rocco Buttiglione of Italy as a European Commissioner, the PMOS said that this was a matter for Mr Barroso and the European Parliament. He had nothing further to say about the matter.

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