Debate on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency
In the introduction of the debate on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, president Barroso expressed his solidarity with the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. He explained also that "everything - namely the failed attack on the aircraft at Detroit, the Copenhagen conference or the economic crisis - points in the direction of determined and united European action."
President Barroso congratulates prime minister Tusk on receiving the 2010 Charlemagne Prize
"I wholeheartedly congratulate the Polish prime minister Donald Tusk for having been awarded the Charlemagne Prize for 2010. I commend the jury of the Charlemagne Foundation for its excellent choice. Prime minister Tusk has played a major role in integrating Poland into the European Union and placing his country at the heart of Europe since its accession in 2004. He was equally instrumental in securing the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by Poland. Today, Donald Tusk is one of the most respected European leaders. The Polish people can also take the highest pride in this recognition. I am looking forward to continuing my close cooperation with prime minister Tusk on our common European project".
Barroso, Van Rompuy and Zapatero in Madrid
President Barroso, along with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Joaquín Almunia, met today in Madrid with the Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, to discuss the subjects which will be high on the agenda of the Spanish presidency of the European Union in the coming months. The main subjects of the working meeting were the preparation of the informal European Council meeting on 11 February, which should give a boost to the ‘EU 2020 Strategy’ on economic recovery, climate change and implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. An inauguration ceremony for the Spanish presidency of the European Union will take place on the evening of 8 January in Madrid’s Royal Theatre.
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