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Sinn Féin will vote against Barroso Commission

27 October, 2004

Sinn Féin will today vote against the proposed European Commission. The vote, which will take place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, is expected to be a close call. Liberals, social democrats, socialists, greens and others have declared their intent to vote against President Barroso's proposed European Commission.

Speaking before the vote Ms Bairbre de Brún MEP said:

'Earlier this week Sinn Féin outlined our initial response to the proposed Commission. We highlighted our concerns with the overall policy priorities of the European Commission. We also outlined our disquiet with the stated position of some proposed Commissioners and conflicts of interests involving others.

'We called on incoming European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso to reconsider his proposals and offer MEPs a European Commission more in keeping with the political and economic needs of member states.

'At yesterdays parliamentary session Mr Barroso made it clear that he had no intention of altering his initial proposals. He has made clear his lack of regard for the majority view of MEPs and clearly has no intention of making any significant changes to the personnel or policies of the European Commission.

'On this basis Sinn Fein MEPs cannot support his proposals and will vote against the European Commission this afternoon.

'Sinn Fein is committed to building an Ireland of equals in a Europe of equals. We need a European Commission that will work to tackle inequality, discrimination, and human rights abuses. Unfortunately Mr Barroso's proposed European Commission does not reflect these priorities.' ENDS

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