“President Kaczyński has promised me that he will sign the Lisbon Treaty if the Irish first endorse it in a referendum,” European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek reveals in an interview for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. The president’s aides say he may sign the treaty even on the same day that the Irish referendum is held, that is, 2 October. Provided, of course, that the Irish electorate votes yes. Mr Buzek adds that Brussels has no emergency plan if the referendum fails. “There’s no need for plan B. We will stay with the Nice Treaty, but that means arresting further integration. Arresting, in a way, the success of all of us.” Referring to the election of a new president of the European Commission, Mr Buzek says he supports José Manuel Barroso because the EU “needs a Commission president as soon as possible and for that president to be as strong as possible.” “EU citizens expect concrete action from us: dealing with the crisis, stimulating economic growth, countering protectionism, ensuring better financial supervision, and that can’t be done without an efficient Commission and Parliament,” believes the European Parliament president.
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