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Persson Defends Barroso’s Team

Published fredag 5 november 2004 kl 14.10

Incoming European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, faces criticism for his reshuffled team which includes Hungary’s Lazlo Kovacs – a former communist.

Criticism Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson says is built on faulty logic pointing out that Eastern European countries had political systems where the only way to have a political career was within communist controlled one-party systems.

He adds that these countries have sought their own political freedom and won.  Persson says these countries have a right to put forward their own commissioners and does not intend to join in the criticism.

Should the EU Parliament give the thumbs up to this team, Sweden’s Margot Wallström would take the portfolio for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy and the title of commission vice president.

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