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Prime Minister’s meeting with President Barroso

Asked about the statement from the Prime Minister and President Barroso regarding the increasing under-representation of UK citizens in European Union institutions, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that we had 12.4% of the population of the EU, but only 4.9% of Commission staff, and this needed to be addressed.

Asked if it had anything to do with the fact that we didn’t speak many foreign languages, the PMS said that language was one of the issues.

Put that it was a slightly parochial issue, the PMS said that the majority of the statement was about the single market and looking ahead to the European Council meeting in March, however the issue of under-representation was important as it affected our influence in EU institutions.

Asked how we would increase the number UK employees in EU institutions, the PMS said that we first needed to identify the reasons for under-representation.

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