Meeting with the UK Prime Minister David Cameron
President Barroso met with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron at Number 10 today. The main points of discussion were the shared commitment to boost growth and jobs in Europe and the Union's measures to tackle the economic crisis, as well as action to deepen the Single Market. They agreed on the need for the EU to focus on concrete and ambitious actions to reignite growth in the EU, the most important market for UK business.
Visit of the European Ombudsman
Today, the College of Commissioners met the European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, and discussed his future priorities and the changes brought about to his work by the Treaty of Lisbon. Europeans have the right to good administration and the right to refer cases of alleged maladministration in the EU institutions or bodies to the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman has a crucial role in helping the EU institutions and bodies to deliver the rights guaranteed by the treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights to citizens.
Dinner with leaders of the Visegrád Group, Romania, Bulgaria
President Barroso met with the leaders of the Visegrád Group and of Romania and Bulgaria to discuss the North-South initiative and the EU's strategic energy infrastructure. President Barroso said: "Energy infrastructure is a backbone of our internal market and crucial for Europe's security and prosperity. The North-South initiative will connect the power sources of the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea regions. We will now establish a concrete list of projects to be tackled."