Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Barroso Promotes Lisbon Process

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With the European Council meeting scheduled to focus on follow-up to the so called Lisbon process of economic reform soon coming up, also Commission President Barroso is getting more active trying to promote a more forward-looking European agenda.

Here you find the speech he delivered earlier today to the distinctly pro-reform Lisbon Council in Brussels.

Whether he will succeed is a more open question. Disputes about changes in the Stability and Growth Pact are contributing to the muddling of the waters. And the draft conclusions from the European Council circulated by Luxembourg, wich holds the rotating six-month Presidency of the European Union at the moment, are not too encouraging.

But it is important to keep the pressure up.