Friday, August 8, 2008

Nicolas Sarkozy: Britain and Ireland should share one EU Commission seat

Nicolas Sarkozy is pushing the idea that Britain and Ireland, countries of "similar culture and language circle", should share one seat in the European Commission in order to cut the size of the Brussels executive.

The president of France, the current holder of the European Union's rotating presidency, has floated the scheme as a way of cutting the number of Commissioners, currently at 27, one for each member state.

"Countries which share a common cultural heritage, such as Germany and Austria, Great Britain and Ireland or the Benelux countries could share a common Commissioner," German newspaper Die Welt said, quoting high-level French sources.
But the scheme has not been well received.

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