Saturday, June 23, 2007

EU: Competition the French way and other national "customs"

During the EU Summit which aimed to promote a new Draft Treaty for the EU, a reported French effort to weaken the foundations of the principle of free market competition in the EU (and to thus allow states more room for giving state aid to "national champions") seems to have been averted.

Of course, France is not the only EU member to have its own specific a-la-carte demands or wishes in the EU.

Eg. the UK does not want a common Foreign Policy and more EU competences in taxation issues.

Poland, one of the 6 "large" countries members of the 27 member EU, wants the members' votes in the EU Councils to be determined via a square root of each country's population calculation.

Etc, etc, etc!

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