Thursday, February 14, 2008

the meaning of the new EU president

For the many readers who asked me about the meaning of the new office of the EU Presidency, here a snippet from an article from today titled
"John Rentoul: If Blair runs for the EU presidency, Brown will be the fall guy – whatever the result":

"I don't think he wants it, a retired diplomat told me.
This peer, who worked with Tony Blair, is a good judge of the European game.
The problem with the new post of president of the European Council, he said, is that it comes third in the pecking order
,
behind the President of the Commission, currently Jose Manuel Barroso (farmer: 2004-2009),
and the Foreign Affairs supremo, likely to be Javier Solana,
who already holds half the post."
...
"The bare bones of the job are in the Lisbon Treaty, which cannot be changed and is likely to be ratified by the end of this year (Irish voters permitting). But the detailed rules, which are likely to be written later this year, will be drawn up in such a way as to suit the existing holders of the top jobs, Barroso and Solana."
Link
Not to forget that Solana will also sit in the Commission as Vize then...
this sums up to more then one and a half of the post...maybe three and a half (:)).

stay tuned!
farmer

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

No doubt, Dr. Solana and company are "chomping at the bit" (so to speak) to transfer more national power to Brussels, regardless of whether or not Ireland's referendum passes (have read that the parliaments of all other member states are likely to ratify it). Particularly given Dr. Solana's major advancement in power under the French presidency, July-Dec. 2000 (with the "Solana Decision," etc.), and that France will hold the 6-month EU rotating presidency beginning 7/1/08.

http://www.freedominfo.org/features/20020930-ch6.htm

2cents.

Blessings,

nony

björn (farmer) said...

F.:...and already holding it at the WEU since 1/1/08...
thanks so much, Nony!

farmer

Anonymous said...

Wasn't aware of that fact, Farmer. For those interested, a schedule of WEU presidencies through 2012:

http://www.weu.int/

Blessings,

nony

Anonymous said...

P.S. Re. above WEU link, click on "2. Presidencies" listed at top, left under "Membership and Organisation."

Anonymous said...

Isn't it "convenient" how Spain (Dr. Solana's native country) holds both presidencies (EU & WEU) the 1st half of 2010 and Belgium (his workplace) holds both presidencies the 2nd half of 2010.

(You and/or dear Herb probably mentioned it before, but either missed it or forgot.)

Blessings,

nony

the70thweek said...

That is very intresting nony. I had probably heard that before, but I must have forgot also. Thanks for the great reminder.

Curt

Anonymous said...

Thank Farmer.

Blessings,