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Romano Prodi speaks at LSE on a changing Europe

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Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission, spoke at LSE on Monday 19 January on Europe: added value, changing quickly.

Prodi, who leaves office October this year after a five year tenure, looked at the changes Europe has gone through during his tenure as president. He spoke on the problems faced economically and politically with developing the EU and the challenges it still faces in drafting a Constitution acceptable to all.  

Prodi concluded by saying: 'Europe is the best answer to the new challenges of globalisation, bringing added value where it is most needed while respecting the diversity and traditions of each of its members. These are major successes...which make Europe a unique model in the world. But this is not enough to face the new challenges ahead of us. We need a new Constitution that will give the Union the necessary means and instruments to pursue its policies in a new, globalised world.'

To read a transcript of this speech, click here|


Press coverage

Independent (20 Jan)
Romano Prodi: the world wants a united Europe
From a speech by the President of the European Commission to the LSE.

Daily Telegraph (20 Jan)
Britain is hindering expansion, says Prodi

Times of Malta (20 Jan)
Prodi rejects call for budget cut 

EU Business (20 Jan)
Prodi to do his 'duty' and defend EU budget against cuts 

Press Association (19 Jan)
Euro president to highlight 'key constitution elements'
The President of the European Commission is set to outline what he believes are the key elements of the proposed Constitution for Europe today. Romano Prodi will spell out the plans and also highlight what he sees as the vital parts of the draft and the solutions that still need to be agreed in a speech later today. He will take to the platform for the speech at LSE at 4pm. 

The Scotsman (19 Jan) 
Prodi anger over bid to halt EU budget powers

Europa (19 Jan)
Romano Prodi president of the European Commission Europe: adding value, changing quickly  

Eupolitix.com (19 Jan) 
Rome 'missed' constitution opportunity, hints Prodi

Sky News (19 Jan)
Prodi confident on text

Liberation, France (19 Jan) 
Prodi exclut une réduction du budget de l'Union Européenne

Updated 20 January 2004