Reuters (Link) (November 11, 2003)
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Tuesday Brussels, not Rome, sets the bloc's agenda and denied Israel could be getting a mixed message because of dissonant noises from current EU president Italy.
Italy's recent contrasting foreign policy comments have highlighted the sometimes difficult relationship between Brussels and the rotating EU presidency, which will be held by Italy until January.
"The official message is the message given by me, by the European Union," Solana said during an interview with two news agencies in Rome.
"No third country has any doubt about the European Union position... since most of the positions are written beforehand."