Visit of a delegation from the Italian government to José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and the College of the EC hosted a delegation from the Italian Government led by Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister; Minister ad interim for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies. Four months ahead of the European elections and five months before Italy took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the meeting presented an important opportunity to discuss challenges and priorities for the European Union and Italy.
During the joint press conference José Manuel Barroso thanked the Prime Minister for his commitment and enthusiasm for Europe, and more concretely for his strong support on key priorities like banking Union and the EU 2030 Climate and Energy package. The President also congratulated Enrico Letta for having taken very important steps towards ensuring growth and jobs and encouraged the government to maintain and accelerate reforms. José Manuel Barroso concluded by praising the spirit of "European complicity" that could be felt during their meeting.