Visit of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
On 22 February 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received together with the College, Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus, to discuss the preparations for the Cypriot Presidency which will begin on the 1st July.
The meeting took place in Brussels and was held to discuss a range of issues mainly focused on the economic situation, both in Europe and in Cyprus. José Manuel Barroso underlined that the priority in the coming year is to strengthen the potential for growth and competitiveness. He also expressed his concern about the youth unemployment situation and thanked Demetris Christofias for the support he had already given in the European Council to the Commission's priority on youth unemployment and also to support for SMEs. The settlement process and relations with Turkey were also addressed during the meetings. SHOTLIST