With France holding the rotating EU presidency
concerns about Europe’s institutions and economy have dominated the conference of the country’s ruling UMP party. EC Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso was present to lend his support to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who spoke about member states relations with Brussels.
“We can’t say that Europe has too much influence and at the same time ask it to do more, every day on every issue. It’s nonsensical and incredible. I say to Europe: there are issues on which you must allow freedom. And I’d like to pay tribute to President Barroso who announced this morning that the Commission considers France’s call for a tax reduction for restaurants perfectly normal”, he said.