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European Commission

Asked if the Prime Minister had spoken to European Commission President-elect Barroso today, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister and Mr Barroso hadn’t spoken today as far as he was aware, although they had been in contact during the course of the week. It went without saying that the Prime Minister fully supported Mr Barroso’s attempts to try to resolve the matter. The reception Mr Barroso had received from the European Parliament this morning showed that there was a willingness by MEPs to support him as he attempted to resolve the issue. How he would do so, however, was primarily a matter for him. We could offer our help and support, but we would not interfere in that process. Asked if the Prime Minister would speak to Prime Minister Berlusconi of Italy today, the PMOS said that he was not aware of any plans for him to do so. That said, European leaders would be attending the signing of the European Constitution Treaty in Rome on Friday when they would no doubt meet up informally. However, there was no ‘crisis meeting’ planned to discuss the matter.

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