The head of European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker has spoken with journalist during the flight back from Ukraine. He says he wants a “fair deal” for the UK in Europe and does not rule out making minor changes to EU treaties. Also, EU commissioner said it was too early to decide what treaty changes might be necessary.
“I do exclude major treaty changes as far as the freedom of movement is concerned – but other points can be mentioned,” he told reporters.
British Prime Minister David Cameron want changes on EU membership will be held by referendum in 2017 if Conservatives wins the May 7th General Election.
Juncker said he did not want Britain to leave the EU, but also did not want Britain to “impose a European agenda which would not be shared by others”.
“I do think that we need a fair deal with Britain – but it’s up to Britain to put forward their proposals, their requests, their ideas.
“It’s up to them to take initiatives and then we’ll take them under exam in a very polite, friendly, objective way,” he told reporters on a flight back from Ukraine.
Juncker accused politicians and sections of the UK press of misreporting his position on treaty change.
“I made it perfectly clear during the [European election] campaign that I want a fair deal with Britain.
“Unfortunately the British government and the British press are not listening and are blind when others are speaking so they did ignore that.”
He also complained about a British press report last week, which suggested he had said there would be no treaty change from now to 2019. It quoted an unnamed EU official.
“I am the only EU official to be quoted when it comes to Britain,” he insisted.
Cameron want to change EU migration treaty. But Juncker don’t move it. The solution is a separate protocol for UK over net migration.
Conclusion: Juncker and his British headaches