Visit of Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister. It was their first meeting since the Prime Minister assumed office in December 2011. Ahead of the informal European Council on growth and jobs which was held on the same day the President said that many of the problems the Spanish government needed to solve were also European problems like youth unemployment. José Manuel Barroso added he was confident the Spanish government would support the EC's initiatives to tackle this problem, as well as to use the Structural Funds to support SMEs in need of financing.