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Following the phone calls, a Downing Street spokesperson said:
The Prime Minister today kicked off a round of phone calls to European leaders ahead of next week’s European Council. The Prime Minister’s top priority for the summit is to secure a strong commitment from European leaders to push ahead with cutting EU red tape, following on from the proposals from the Business Taskforce earlier this week.
Both Prime Minister Rutte and Prime Minister Letta welcomed the Prime Minister’s initiative in this area, noting that the Taskforce had put forward interesting proposals and that leaders should discuss the issue in Brussels next week. We expect the Prime Minister to speak to other European leaders in the coming days.
The Prime Minister also spoke to Prime Minister Harper this morning to congratulate him on concluding the EU-Canada free trade agreement. They both agreed that the deal is a real triumph that will boost both the European and Canadian economies and create thousands of jobs. It also sends a signal to the rest of the world about the benefits of pursuing free trade.