Visit of Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The two Presidents agreed to reinforce the already close working relationship between the EBRD and the EC. José Manuel Barroso also warmly welcomed the idea of the EBRD's involvement in technical assistance in Greece. The Presidents exchanged views on the bank's activities, in particular on the EBRD's engagement across the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region. José Manuel Barroso, considering this a very relevant political priority, emphasized the need to ensure that investments were made rapidly in this region while taking account of the different conditions in each country. At the same time, he underlined the importance of continued EBRD support to the EU Member States in Central and Eastern Europe to support growth in this region.