Accentuating social angles, Jose Manuel Barroso has made his final pitch to the European Parliament to secure its members’ support for another five years as President of the European Commission. A full assembly vote in Strasbourg is scheduled for this Wednesday.
Barroso placed his ideas for an economic recovery plan high up in his speech, with Europe’s social values and solidarity: “Let’s be clear: the crisis is not over for those who have lost their jobs, and we can not say that the crisis is over before we come back to creation of employment instead of rising unemployment.” Barroso has been criticised by some for his handling of the economic crisis, but he is the only candidate for the top Commission post. He appealed to the parliament’s sense of moral fibre: “If you want a European Commission that stands up sometimes to the member states, that stands up to national egotism, you should give the Commission the strong support it needs. Let’s embark on this European journey together.” The former Portuguese prime minister needs a simple majority to approve his candidacy when the vote takes place.