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Barroso kindles EP's interest

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Jose Manuel Barroso has unveiled the policy document he will take up with the European Parliament next week, outlining his intentions if the assembly approves a second five-year term for him as president of the EU’s executive European Commission.

In the document he calls for political directions to get out of the economic crisis effectively (with thought for the social implications) and climate change consideration. At a press conference in Brussels, Barroso said: “I see my first mandate as an excellent platform which will let us go further now, with more ambition, to renew our social market economy, to shoulder a real role in global leadership, to refashion many relationships that are important in the 21st century, and to reinforce our Europe, the Europe to which I still attach the values of liberty and solidarity.” Barroso will discuss this fully next week with the parliament’s group leaders. If they are convinced, his candidacy could be put to a vote as early as this month’s plenary session. If not, it might wait till after next month’s second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Barroso is the only candidate standing. He already has the support of the EU’s 27 member governments. He supports keeping fiscal stimulus measures going for now, keeping interest rates low and keeping rules on state aid and budget deficits flexible.