Conseil "Economie et finances": extraits de la conférence de presse conjointe de Joaquín Almunia, Charlie McCreevy et Andrej Bajuk, ministre slovène des Finances et président en exercice du Conseil
Following the "Economy and Finance Council", Joaquín Almunia, Member of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs, Charlie McCreevy, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, and Andrej Bajuk, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, gave a joint press conference.
Ministers approved the accession of Slovakia to the single currency by 2009 saying that the country has fulfilled all the criteria for joining the euro. They also closed the deficit procedure against Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and Joaquín Almunia announced that the European Commission would soon ask ministers to also lift sanctions against Poland. This will leave only Hungary facing formal criticism for breaking the EU budget rules.
Ministers talk also about the rise of food prices. Andrej Bajuk said that more should be done to increase the production, included for biofuels. He rejected the Italian idea of creating a special taxation for oil companies. LISTE DES PLANSLINK