Barroso promises second-term support for EU industry

18 June 2009 10:58  [Source: ICIS news]

BRUSSELS (ICIS news)--European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso confirmed in a letter to EU leaders on Thursday that he will stand for a second term with the aim of creating “an open, competitive and prosperous Europe”.

Writing ahead of Thursday’s European Council, Barroso said he wanted Europe to “use the full potential of its internal market and the euro to foster an advanced and high-value-added industrial base”.

He said he would ensure a Europe that “invests in modern infrastructure, in research and development, in innovation [and] in developing our skills base”.

However, the EU should refuse all forms of economic protectionism, he said.

Europe must also lead the world in fighting climate change and in promoting energy security, he said, adding that the Commission would at the same time "help European companies pioneer the development of a low-carbon economy”.

Barroso must win the support of EU leaders and the European Parliament to secure a second term.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German chancellor Angela Merkel have already underlined their support for Barroso, although they would like him to take a more protectionist line.

He also has the backing of the European People's Party (EPP), the centre-right majority bloc in the parliament .

However, both Martin Schulz, leader of the Parliament’s Socialist group, and Green leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit have argued for a new EU leader.

“We must stop Barroso,” said Cohn-Bendit. “President Barroso's policies have failed the economy, the environment and democracy.”

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By: Philippa Jones
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