Van Rompuy: Reforms needed to save European model (2)

08:39, April 06, 2011      

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"They are the result of past mistakes and a lack of appropriate instruments, both at European level and at the national level," he said.

Meanwhile, Van Rompuy also reiterated EU's common position on Libya -- the EU would be ready to help a new Libya and offer assistance in building its new institutions.

"(Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi must go, and we want a political transition led by the Libyans themselves and based on a broad-based political dialogue," he said.

The EU was the first to impose tough sanctions against Gaddafi's government, the first to impose a travel ban on leading figures, the first to freeze Libyan assets, and the first to recognize the anti-Gaddafi forces as a valid interlocutor at the request of the European Parliament, he said.

Van Rompuy also stressed that all EU nuclear plants should be urgently reviewed in the wake of the quake-triggered nuclear disaster in Japan.

The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, would report on the stress tests to nuclear plants before the end of this year, said Van Rompuy.

Source: Xinhua

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