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Enda Kenny speaks with European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek.
Enda Kenny speaks with European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek.
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Taoiseach rules out changes to EU Treaty

Speaking from Warsaw, Enda Kenny said European governments need to work the Lisbon Treaty in the way that it was intended.
Sep 30th 2011, 9:40 PM 432 10

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has told other European leaders that Ireland will not support changes to EU treaties to allow for deeper fiscal union.

Speaking from the Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw, Kenny told RTÉ that it is important that European governments work the Lisbon Treaty in the way it was intended.

“We have to get on with what we have now and focus on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty,” he added.

The Taoiseach’s remarks come after calls from European Commission president José Manuel Barroso for greater integration between euro area nations.

The Government’s position was welcomed by MEP for Ireland North West Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher.

“The bottom line is that the country and the European Union can not afford the lengthy delays which would be part and parcel of any new Treaty process,” he said.

Read: Taoiseach to strengthen Eastern ties at Warsaw summit>

Related: Barroso: More integration needed to address ‘greatest crisis in EU history’>

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