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We need to strengthen economic governance in Europe.

30/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

The Commission adopted a Communication outlining a set of tools to strengthen the economic governance of the EU. President Barroso said: "Today, the Commission is putting forward ambitious proposals which will bring concrete progress. Through the "European Semester" we can give coherence to European monitoring. This is logical and necessary. And through an incentive system that applies sanctions further upstream, we are giving ourselves the tools to act whenever it is necessary."

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European Business Summit

30/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso explained how the Europe 2020 strategy will contribute to putting Europe back on track and how this will be strengthened through the Commission's proposals for economic governance. He stressed that growth is the answer: "The question is how to promote growth," the president said and added: "We need to restore confidence. Without confidence, no growth. That is why we need fiscal consolidation. And we also need structural reform."

Congratulation to Ms Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia

29/06/2010

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President Barroso congratulated the new Prime Minister of Australia, H.E. Ms Julia Gillard, on her appointment. He expressed his wish to continue strengthening the important bilateral relationship between the European Union and Australia and to tackle global challenges together, in particular climate change. President Barroso: "Both the EU and Australia also have a responsibility to ensure the G20 process delivers on its efforts to bring growth and market stability our citizens. We need to improve global financial and economic governance."

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Visit of the president of the Committee of the Regions, Mercedes Bresso

29/06/2010

Mercedes Bresso and José Manuel Barroso © EU

After the meeting with the president of the Committee of the Regions, Mercedes Bresso, and representatives of the regions and cities of Europe, president Barroso said: "Together we will be able to put the European Union on the necessary path to fiscal consolidation and structural reform that will help us in ensuring sustainable growth and jobs. I am looking forward to a fruitful dialogue and I count on the close involvement of regions and cities in the implementation of our Europe 2020 strategy."

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From G8 to G20: Introductory remarks by President Barroso

Global governance is working.

27/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

After the G8 summit President Barroso said: "I presented the situation of the European economy and all partners acknowledged the decisive European action. There was mutual understanding on how to bolster fragile growth." Barroso also set out his expectations for the G20 summit.

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European Commission and European Council joint statement following the G20

We have kept the momentum for global coordination on economic matters.

27/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso and President Van Rompuy © EU

In a joint statement following the G20, European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy declared: "In Toronto, the G20 has proven to be what it said it would be: the premier forum for international economic cooperation. We have kept the momentum for global coordination on economic matters (...)". "The G20 comes out stronger. G20 leaders have demonstrated clear common resolve to create strong, sustainable and balanced global growth. The Summit's result reflects widespread convergence around Europe's approach".

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Introductory remarks at the G8 summit

The world cannot thrive on imbalances.

25/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

At a joint press conference with President H. Van Rompuy, President Barroso welcomed the preparatory work done by the Canadian Prime Minister Harper. Mr Barroso said: "The EU's message for our two summits here in Canada is clear: We must not allow the resolve for global coordinated action to weaken. We must rebuild confidence and the conditions for sustainable growth. And we must deliver on our promises to the world's poor."

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Message of condolence to the Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero

24/06/2010

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President Barroso sent the message of condolences to Prime Minister Zapatero on the tragic train accident in Spain. He said: "I have just been informed about the terrible train accident that took place last night in Castelldefels. The passing away of twelve people, most of them young people, knocked over by the train, is a tragedy and provokes in me a special emotion." President Barroso also expressed his condolences to the victims and the tragedy it represents for the families.

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Joint letter to the G20 members in advance of G20 summit

All the major economies need to do their part to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

23/06/2010

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The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy sent a joint letter to the other leaders of the G20, where they set out EU goals on the key issues on the agenda of the G20 summit in Toronto. The two Presidents leave no doubt that "securing strong and sustainable growth remains the priority" and underlined that the G20 should agree on a coordinated and differentiated exit strategy to ensure sustainable public finances.

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The European Union at the G8 and G20 summits in Canada

Congratulations to Mrs Mari Kiviniemi, Prime Minister of Finland

23/06/2010

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President Barroso congratulated the new Finnish Prime Minister, Mrs Mari Kiviniemi: "I would like to warmly congratulate you on behalf of the European Commission and on a personal basis, as you take up your new duties as Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland. I am looking forward to working with you to continue the tradition of excellent co-operation between the Finnish government and the European Commission as we tackle shared challenges such as economic recovery, energy security and climate change."

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Debate on the outcome of the European Council

23/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

Speaking in the debate on the outcome of the European Council in the European Parliament, president Barroso stressed that the results of the last European Council went beyond simply adding up national approaches. "It delivered a truly European perspective in three areas in particular on economic governance, financial regulation and supervision, and on the Europe 2020 strategy, which is now accepted as the EU's strategy for economic growth."

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Statement on the agreement on the European External Action Service

22/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso welcomed the political agreement reached on the European External Action Service in Madrid. He stated: "The European Commission wants the European External Action Services to become operational as soon as possible and today's political agreement in Madrid is a major step forward. I will continue to work closely with the other European institutions to make sure that all the next steps are taken as swiftly as possible."

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Speech at the Conference at the European University Institute, Florence

21/06/2010

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President Barroso focused on the European Union and multilateral global governance. "I wish to make the case for the EU's role in reinforcing multilateral rules and institutions at the global level," he said and added that multilateralism is the right mechanism to build order and governance in a multipolar world, and the EU is well-placed to make a decisive contribution. "I believe that the European Union can play an important role in the reinforcement of multilateral global institutions."

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The European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

We are committed to creating a fairer and more inclusive society where everyone can live with dignity.

18/06/2010

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Welcoming the "VIVA EUROPA 2010" initiative President Barroso stressed that poverty is a serious concern in the European union and that there are still 84 million people at risk of poverty. "This is unacceptable!" said Barroso and underlined that tackling poverty is a responsibility shared by everyone. "In doing so, we are all playing a part in building a Europe based on its core value of solidarity."

Visit of the prime minister of United Kingdom, David Cameron

Growth is our main concern and growth should be the main priority. And without confidence we will not have growth.

17/06/2010

David Cameron and José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso and prime minister of the UK David Cameron stressed that our joint priorities must be on restoring sound public finances, increasing competitiveness, investing in areas that generate future growth and building trustworthy financial markets. "That is what we want from the European Council today," said president Barroso and added: "Our citizens want us to concentrate on substance not on more discussions about institutions or processes. I am not interested in a Brussels power-grab."

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European Council, 17 June 2010

We have rolled up our sleeves and shown we can act together when there is a joint political will

17/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

"This European Council was about coming together to get the basics of the European economy right for growth," stated president Barroso after the European Council. He added that "today, the European Council has rolled up its sleeves and shown we can act together when there is a joint political will by the Member States and the European Institutions. We are on the case and delivering."

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Speech in advance of the European Council, European Parliament

Europeans want results. Let's work through the institutions that we have, and use them to their full potential

16/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso highlighted that "we are striving to avoid a decade of debt and build a generation of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth". On financial market reform Barroso underlined: "People need to see that financial markets are being repaired and that promises are kept. We need agreement on financial supervision before the summer, and we need a clear signal from the European Council that the forthcoming Commission's proposals on financial market regulation will be adopted by the end of 2011."

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Visit of the prime minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg

16/06/2010

Jens Stoltenberg and José Manuel Barroso © EU

The main themes of tomorrow's European Council, next week's G20 Summit and energy and climate change were the key issues discussed today between President Barroso and Prime Minister Stoltenberg of Norway. The EU and Norway see eye to eye on how to exit the crisis. President Barroso explained Europe's objectives of smarter economic governance, fiscal consolidation and structural reforms. The leaders also discussed the next steps in the context of international climate negotiations.

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Question Hour with President Barroso, European Parliament

15/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

The main topics of the Question Hour with president Barroso in the European Parliament were today's Commission proposal for a SWIFT agreement, the Europe 2020 strategy, development policy and the way towards strengthened economic governance. President Barroso reassured the Parliament of the Commission's role of pushing Member States to achieve the EU's development policy commitments. He also underlined that economic governance should be strengthened according to the spirit of the Community method.

Meeting with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker

14/06/2010

Jean-Claude Juncker, on the right, and José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso thanked Prime Minister Juncker for the support provided by Luxembourg for the most ambitious proposals for Europe and in particular the 2020 strategy. He underlined the need for Europe to regain growth potential - "intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth". He added that this growth cannot be achieved without efforts relating to budgetary consolidation and structural reforms.

25th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement

Schengen has become a synonym for lifting the internal borders of the European Union

13/06/2010

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President Barroso attended the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the signature of the Schengen Agreement and the opening of a new European Schengen museum. For president Barroso, Schengen has become a synonym for lifting the internal borders of the European Union. "Schengen has become one of the best known names outside Europe. The fact that the Agreement was signed in the small town of Schengen shows that in Europe often the smallest are the biggest."

25th anniversary of the accession of Portugal and Spain to the EU

Together we will come out of the current crisis stronger.

12/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso outlined the benefits not only for Spain and Portugal, but also for the European Union as a result of their accession to the EU. President Barroso: "We need a strong mobilization as much to exit the crisis as to act together on the necessary reforms for our political project of a dynamic Europe based on fairness and solidarity, a Europe of knowledge and innovation, a Europe of employment and social cohesion, a sustainable and more competitive Europe."

Message on the start of the FIFA World Cup on 11 June

Football is a universal language, a language that helps people to unite

11/06/2010

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In the light of the forthcoming start of the FIFA World Cup, president Barroso said that he is particularly pleased that for the first time an African nation is hosting the World Championship. President Barroso: "Football is more than a sport: it is a universal language, a language that helps people from different cultures and backgrounds to unite. Borders of culture, of language and of nationality will be forgotten thanks to the World Cup."

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Meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

11/06/2010

J.M. Barroso and Angela Merkel © EU

After the meeting with German Chancellor Merkel, president Barroso stated that the most important issues on the European agenda were discussed. "Our priority is putting order into our public finances," said Barroso. "Circumventing the rules is not a trivial offence. It is putting at risk our collective economic future. We need to strengthen our rules and the way the EU runs its economy." Barroso also insisted that budget cuts and structural reforms are a means to increase growth and employment.

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Visit of the prime minister of Poland, Donald Tusk

I believe that Poland will show strong leadership during its presidency.

09/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso and Donald Tusk © EU

President Barroso and Polish prime minister Tusk discussed today their common priorities for the Polish Presidency, namely the budget perspectives for 2014-2020, European energy security, implementation of economic governance initiatives and the Europe 2020 strategy. With a view to economic governance, president Barroso said that we all live in one Union. When one country is not doing well - no matter whether it is in the eurozone or not - it concerns all of us, all 27 Member States.

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Visit of the prime minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic

09/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso and Milo Dukanovic © EU

President Barroso and the prime minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, met to discuss the progress made by Montenegro in preparing for candidate status to the EU. President Barroso stressed that the Commission is preparing its opinion on Montenegro's application: "Meeting the political criteria will be central to our opinion in moving ahead to candidate status and the opening of negotiations," and added that speed is not as important as quality in pushing forward with the key reforms.

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Congratulation to the new Japanese Prime Minister

08/06/2010

Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Mr Naoto Kan © Reporters

President Barroso expressed his warmest congratulations to the new Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Mr Naoto Kan. "I wish you every success in implementing the ambitious programme of reform of the Democratic Party of Japan," said Barroso and added: "I am looking forward to working closely with you on further strengthening political and economic relations between Japan and the European Union, including exchanging experience on regional integration in view of your goal of promoting an East Asia Community."

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European and African Commissions college to college meeting

I am determined to continue and to further our pioneering work with Africa

08/06/2010

Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi and president Barroso © EU

In a European and African Commissions college to college meeting in Addis Abeba key issues such as peace and security, climate change and bilateral relations were discussed. President Barroso expressed his determination to continue and to further pioneering work with Africa, in particular on achieving the Millennium development Goals, and making a real impact on food and water security, health and education. Afterwards, Barroso also met with the Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi.

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Message on the start of the FIFA World Cup on 11 June

08/06/2010

Flag of South Africa © Commons

In the light of the forthcoming start of the FIFA World Cup, president Barroso said that he is particularly pleased that for the first time an African nation is hosting the World Championship. President Barroso: "Football is more than a sport: it is a universal language, a language that helps people from different cultures and backgrounds to unite. Borders of culture, of language and of nationality will be forgotten thanks to the World Cup."

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Statement on the results of the referendum in Slovenia

06/06/2010

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President Barroso welcomed the support that the Slovenian people gave in the referendum on the Border Arbitration Agreement signed by the governments of Slovenia and Croatia. He stressed that this is an important step forward: "We now look forward to a final settlement of the dispute. Resolving this bilateral issue is an important signal for the region and the relations between Slovenia and Croatia."

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Statement on Green Week

04/06/2010

Berlaymont building decorated for Green Week 2010 © EU

President Barroso outlined the importance of biodiversity and stressed the importance of our natural recourses. He underlined that the post-2010 EU biodiversity policy commits us to protect biodiversity and its ecosystem services. "A key component will be the idea of resource efficiency," said president Barroso and concluded: "It's our world to lose. Because if we cut this lifeline, there won't be another."

EU-Pakistan summit

04/06/2010

Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso © EU

After the EU-Pakistan Summit President Barroso stressed that "today's meeting has once again demonstrated that it is in our joint interest to engage more closely" and added that they "have agreed on a framework to enhance our strategic dialogue." He also recalled that the EU is Pakistan's largest trade partner and stated that the EU is committed to assist Pakistan in establishing an ever more prosperous economy.

High-level tripartite meeting with the European Social Partners

Growth that occurs on the back of a social wasteland will turn into a boomerang.

04/06/2010

The European Social Partners at the EC © EU

President Barroso underlined the need for social dialogue at all levels. He also stressed the need for fiscal consolidation and structural reforms. He said: "Only if we are serious about getting our house in order, and only if we really do our best to work for a sustainable future, we will be able to re-establish confidence in our economy and growth. Efforts must be fair and balanced. Everybody must contribute, and we must not leave behind the weakest of our societies. Growth that occurs on the back of a social wasteland will turn into a boomerang."

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Visit of the prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán

03/06/2010

Victor Orbán and José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso and Hungarian prime minister Orbán discussed the upcoming Hungarian Presidency of the Council in the 1st half of 2011 and the economic situation in Europe and Hungary. "The presidency will come at a crucial time to implement our common Europe 2020 strategy. That's why I am particularly grateful for the Hungarian support of this strategy," said Barroso and added: "With far reaching structural reforms Hungary can lay the foundations for an economic re-birth and modernisation of the country."

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Meeting with the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite

02/06/2010

Dalia Grybauskaite and José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso and Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite discussed the exit from the current economic crisis, Europe 2020 and connecting Lithuania to the European energy market. President Barroso expressed his confidence that Lithuania will emerge stronger from this crisis and added that we needed to address the root causes of the current crisis: "That is why we need to repair the financial markets and put in place a long-term agenda for change: what we call Europe 2020."

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Message of condolence following shooting in West Cumbria

02/06/2010

Police officers at the location of the shooting © EU

Following the shooting in West Cumbria president Barroso sent a message of condolence to the prime minister of the UK, the Rt Hon David Cameron, saying he is deeply shocked and saddened to learn about the horrific shooting in West Cumbria. "On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to you and the people of the United Kingdom. Please extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims, and those injured, in this appalling incident."

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8th Baltic Sea States Summit

The joint vision 2020 that we are adopting contains the forward-looking objectives, we should now work to achieve

02/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso and Baltic Sea state ministers at the summit © EU

Speaking at the Baltic Sea States Summit president Barroso stressed that the Council of the Baltic Sea States succeeded in its original task, to bridge old divides. He added: "We need a long-term vision that can shore up our short-term actions." President Barroso also presented his view on ways to enhance cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region and stressed the importance of the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, The Northern Dimension and good relations with neighbour state Russia.

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Joint press conference on corporate governance

The Commission is examining structural solutions including the need for an independent European credit rating agency

02/06/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

In a joint press conference on proper regulation of credit rating agencies and good governance of financial institutions, president Barroso alongside Commissioners Barnier and Rehn presented the ambitious and sound proposals together with the timeframe. President Barroso outlined: "Europe must and will deliver a comprehensive approach that allows the EU to stabilise, to consolidate and to get dynamic growth. And Europe must and will deliver a strong and united position for the G20 Summit in Toronto."

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Commission proposes improved EU supervision of Credit Rating Agencies

EU-Russia Summit

Today, we are taking an important step and launch the EU-Russia partnership for modernisation

01/06/2010

Herman Van Rompuy, Jose Manuel Barroso and Dmitry Medvedev © EU

After the EU-Russia summit president Barroso emphasised the important political priorities on which the new modernisation partnership will focus. It will tackle business barriers and facilitate trade, strengthen our ties on energy and climate issues and promote people-to-people contacts. Barroso also stressed that the EU and Russia would cooperate even more closely in the run-up to the G20 summit at the end of June, to boost the global recovery and reshape economic governance.

Press release - EU and Russia launch new partnership for modernisation

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Meeting with the prime minister of Lithuania, Andrius Kubilus

01/06/2010

Andrius Kubilius and José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso and Lithuanian prime minister Andrius Kubilius discussed interdependency of the global economies and strategies to exit the crisis, energy security and an integrated energy market in the Baltic Sea region. President Barroso said: The "European Commission and myself I am very committed to this Baltic energy market interconnection plan where Lithuania has also been extremely active. We want to help this region to achieve its objectives in terms of energy security. And we see a lot of potential here."

Message of condolence following Storm Agatha

01/06/2010

A child leaving flood-damaged store © Reporters

Following the tropical storm Agatha president Barroso sent messages of condolence to the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. On behalf of the European Commission he sent his sincere condolences to the families of all those affected by the storm and expressed the solidarity of the European Commission to the families of the victims. President Barroso also highlighted the Commission's humanitarian aid decision worth €3 million to cope with the consequences of the storm.

The Commission allocates €3 million in humanitarian aid