Zeman criticises EU´s excessive red tape, EP´s transfers

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Strasbourg - Czech President Milos Zeman criticised the "crazy" moving of the European Parliament (EP) sessions from Brussels to Strasbourg, excessive bureaucracy, the architecture of the EU's institutions's seats and the taste of steaks in the EC, in his speech in the EP today.

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Prezident republiky Miloš Zeman vystoupil 10. ledna v Praze na tiskové konferenci k aktuální politické situaci. ČTK Doležal Michal

These phenomena are not part of his "European dream," he said, speaking in English by heart.

He said his European dream does no include nonsensical directives, such as that on energy-saving bulbs.

He recalled that he had one at his cottage and it looked likeZ at a cemetery or in a mortuary there.

Moreover, his European dream does not include the "European architecture" in Brussels and a steak served at the European Commission (EC) headquarters that looks and tastes like a chewing gum, he added at the beginning of his ten-minute speech.

In its other part he presented his ideas of the EU.

Czech president supports euro adoption as soon as possible

Czech President Milos Zeman strongly supports the Czech Republic's adoption of the euro single European currency "as soon as possible," he said in his speech in the European Parliament (EP) today.

Euro is a stabilisation factor of economic development, he added.

At the beginning of his about ten-minute Zeman criticised the "crazy" moving of the European Parliament (EP) sessions from Brussels to Strasbourg, excessive bureaucracy and the architecture of the EU institutions' seats.

These phenomena are not part of his "European dream," he said, speaking in English by heart.

He said his European dream does no include nonsensical directives, such as that on energy-saving bulbs. He recalled that he had one at his cottage and it looked like at a cemetery or in a mortuary there.

Moreover, his European dream does not include the "European architecture" in Brussels and a steak served at the European Commission (EC) headquarters that looks and tastes like a chewing gum, he added at the beginning of his speech.

In the other part he presented his ideas of the EU.

The EU needs common rules in many areas, Zeman said, mentioning common foreign policy as the first example.

He also recalled the rightful and ironic question of former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger about Europe's phone number: "Who do I call if I want to call Europe?"

Zeman pointed out that the EU common foreign policy does not exist yet.

He also highlighted the necessity of common fiscal policy and harmonisation of taxes.

He said, speaking about the Czech Republic, he is a keen supporter of the euro adoption in the time horizon "as soon as possible."

He received ovations for his words in the EP.

People criticising the euro fear the unknown, Zeman said, adding that he, on the contrary, considers it a stabilisation factor of economic development.

Zeman said later at a press conference the Czech Republic could adopt the euro in two years at the earliest but that he considers five years realistic.

Yanukovych did not keep promise to sign EU treaty - Zeman

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych did not keep his promise to sign an association agreement with the EU and this is why he cannot be surprised at demonstrators´ reaction, President Zeman said at a press conference in the EP seat.

He attended it along with EP President Martin Schulz.

Zeman reacted to a question by a woman who called herself leader of an Ukrainian opposition party.

Schulz tried to interrupt her speech arguing that it is a meeting for reporters and not for politicians.

At the end, the Ukrainian woman asked about the activities of radicals within the Ukrainian opposition.

Zeman answered her in Russian.

"I visited Ukraine a couple of months ago and met President Yanukovych. He promised that Ukraine would sign the association agreement with the European Union. He did not keep this promise. That is all," Zeman said.

Schulz said then the EU would do its utmost for a calm, sustainable and democratic development in Ukraine. He added that the EU would lead a dialogue with all Ukrainian players.

Zeman then noted in English that not only demonstrators but also radicals are on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine.

He added that he cannot rule out that open supporters of neo-Nazi ideas could be there, but that he did he think they would prevail.

Promises should be kept, if not there is no wonder that demonstrators react to it, Zeman said.

The Ukrainian parliament toppled Yanukovych at the weekend after three-month anti-government demonstrations in which tens of people were killed. Deputies want to bring Yankukovych to an international court and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

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