His rescheduling is believed to have been to avoid friction with the farming and fisheries lobbies in Ireland, both of which are angry with his drive to reform their sectors.Although senior EU figures such as Joschka Fischer, the German foreign minister, visited Ireland to urge a ‘Yes’ last year, there has been no repeat this time around. The only notable foreigners encouraging a ‘Yes’ vote have been visiting politicians from states bidding for EU entry such as Poland and Slovenia. They have underscored their belief that Nice is necessary for enlargement to proceed without major hiccups and that it would be wholly unfair for the Irish people to prevent them enjoying the same boost that the Celtic Tiger received after it became a member. Irishman O’Sullivan has warned that spurning Nice could throw the EU enlargement process into disarray. “Even though the EU Commission has a huge vested interest in a ‘Yes’ side victory in the Nice rerun, it is not a party to the EU treaties, whose ratification is exclusively a matter for the individual member states,” said Coughlan.But Commission spokesman Jonathan Faull this week defended the rights of Irish EU officials to take part in the referendum campaign.He stressed, however, that the Commission as an institution is not playing any part in the poll.Insiders suggest that most commissioners have decided it could be counterproductive to even set foot in Ireland in the months before the referendum. For example, Franz Fischler, the agriculture commissioner, has postponed a visit to the country until later this year. Denying that she is anti-EU, the Argentinian-born Spaniard added: “I believe in Europe and have been trying to fight for the interests of Europeans, with the risk of losing my job. “I think I am more for Europe than many people who call themselves Europeans.”Leading ‘No’ campaigner Anthony Coughlan said Andreasen had written to his group, the National Platform, asking whether it would sponsor her visit. He decided against this, however. “I can assure you there was no push by any of the ‘No’ elements to get her over here,” he commented. “The issues she raises have nothing to do directly with the treaty of Nice. My feeling is that the whole thing [her visit] could be a distraction and an unwelcome complication.”Meanwhile, Coughlan has accused the Commission’s Secretary-General, David O’Sullivan of “intervening improperly” in the referendum by supporting the ‘Yes’ camp. But the sacked accounting officer insists she will not be taking any direct part in the treaty campaign. “I am only going to refer to the accounting system in the Commission and to its limits,” she said. “I have nothing to do with the ‘No’ campaign, though obviously I suppose what I have to say will be of interest to them.”Andreasen claims she was invited to Ireland by a university-based group but declined to say which one. The exact details of her itinerary have not been finished but she said she would be willing to meet any Irish person willing to hear her argument that the computer-based bookkeeping system in the Commission is “vulnerable to fraud”.