A harsh reality check for the EU

17 March 2008

The energy and climate change package sparked an animated debate over ‘green protectionism’ at the 13-14 March 2008 European Council, as EU leaders wrestled with the question of how to translate their 2007 commitments into concrete action. But this EPC analysis concludes that European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s claim that the EU had passed a “reality test” is premature. It also highlights the growing role given to the Commission in finding solutions to thorny issues which EU leaders cannot agree on.